THE Football Association have confirmed a temporary suspension of the 2020/21 FA Youth Cup.
Burton Albion's U18s were set to play in the third round proper of the competition this coming Friday, away at Stoke City, but the FA have now confirmed a temporary suspension to the competition on safety grounds.
The full FA statement is as follows:
"The FA can confirm its decision to temporarily suspend the 2020/21 FA Youth Cup and has discussed this with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
"The health and wellbeing of players and staff are of paramount importance and The FA intends to resume the national competition once the UK Government’s current national COVID-19 lockdown concludes and it is deemed safer for clubs to travel.
"The FA Youth Participation & Development Committee, which is responsible for management of the competition, will continue to review the situation and The FA will provide further updates at the earliest opportunity.
"For the avoidance of doubt, all matches in The FA Youth Cup are now suspended with immediate effect until further notice."
The Young Brewers defeated Worcester City and Mansfield Town to reach the third round.