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Tranmere Rovers want answers over EFL Instagram post row


Tranmere Rovers have issued a robust statement requesting a full explanation over why comments on a post on the EFL’s Instagram channel had comments disabled.

Rovers are facing an uncertain future following the EFL’s announcement last week that if matches suspended due to the coronavirus crisis are not played and the season is curtailed, leagues will be determined on a points-per-game basis which would mean the Birkenhead club being relegated back to League Two.

Club owners Mark and Nicola Palios have been vocal opponents of the proposed system which they feel is unfair for a number of reasons.

Rovers had won their previous three matches before football was halted in mid-March and sit just three points from safety with a game in hand over the team above them, AFC Wimbledon, who they were still due to play.

With League Two clubs having already decided not to finish their season, the issue is causing huge controversy and clubs are set to vote this week on the way forward, with a 51% majority needed to determine matters.

Rovers are seeking clarification after a post pertaining to the club’s situation did not initial allow people to comment, a break from normal procedure.

The club statement read: “Tranmere Rovers Football Club were made aware by supporters on Saturday 23rd May at 11am about the inability to leave comments on a Tranmere-related post published on the EFL’s official Instagram channel which included images of our 2019 League Two Play-Off win against Newport County.

“We understand that the EFL’s policy is that comments should be available on all EFL posts and should not be deleted unless in breach of rules.  As far as we are aware, the Tranmere-related post was the only post affected by any issue with commenting.

“Within an hour of the EFL being informed by Tranmere, comments were enabled.  Subsequently, however, some of the comments made, permanently disappeared.

“The Club received numerous enquiries from both supporters and external media channels asking for an explanation, particularly given the exceptionally sensitive timing for the Club following the EFL’s proposals for the 2019/20 season and the need for robust debate regarding the proposals, which are to be put to a vote.

“We therefore asked for clarification from the EFL, outlining our strong concerns and requesting a full explanation to why this has happened.

“The EFL advised us, and have since confirmed their understanding, that no EFL employee disabled or re-enabled comments, or deleted comments. Given that this begs the question of how it did in fact happen, we are now awaiting a further response from the EFL upon completion of their own internal investigation.

“We will inform supporters as soon as the response has been received and a successful conclusion to the matter has been reached.”

The Club will be making no further comment at this time.

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