Why Sheffield United's plan to play friendly game against Rotherham United during coronavirus break was scuppered

Sheffield United attempted to arrange a behind-closed-doors game with neighbours Rotherham United during the break in football caused by the coronavirus.

By Danny Hall
Sunday, 22nd March 2020, 12:34 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 1:15 pm
New York Stadium (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
New York Stadium (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

But, after clarifying advice with the English Football League, the decision was made to abandon the plan as the country grapples with the Covid-19 crisis.

Both United and the Millers have been hit by the postponement of all football, and Alan Knill approached Paul Warne with the offer of a game at the New York Stadium.

"No one would be working at the stadium," Warne wrote in a column for The Athletic.

"Just two skeleton staff and players, no unnecessary contact. I thought it would be brilliant because it’s difficult to motivate the lads and keep them entertained without an end goal. This time last week, it made sense. But we checked with the EFL and while they couldn’t say no, we took the advice and called that off."