THE EFL has suspended Swindon Town's derby against Oxford United tomorrow – after four players and coaches tested positive for coronavirus.

In a statement, the EFL said the request to cancel the League One fixture had come from Swindon Town.

The EFL’s statement in full

“This weekend’s Sky Bet League One fixture between Oxford United and Swindon Town has been suspended.

“The decision has been taken following a request from Swindon Town following the identification of a number of positive Covid-19 cases at the club and due to concerns raised over the potential risk of further infections.

“The circumstances surrounding the postponement will be the subject of an investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations.

“A revised date for the rearranged fixture will be confirmed in due course.”

Covid cases

Earlier this evening, Swindon Borough Council confirmed that four people at Swindon Town Football Club had tested positive for coronavirus.

A further three people who had had close contact with those who have tested positive have been ordered to self-isolate as a precaution.

The club has not said named those to have tested positive. However, the Adver understands it includes players and members of coaching staff.

Health chief’s warning

Swindon Borough Council director of public health Steve Maddern warned: “This outbreak at Swindon Town shows that no one is immune from the virus. Everyone needs to play their part in tackling covid.”