CLUBS in the Perry Street & District Football League have voted to terminate the 2020/21 season, with “mini leagues” to take the place of regular fixtures.

There have been no fixtures in the league since December 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdown, so it would have been difficult to complete the season, even with an FA-sanctioned extension into June 2021.

No team had played more than nine of their league fixtures, and Division 2 side Netherbury had only played four.

The league statement reads: “Following tonight’s Special General Meeting, the clubs have ratified the decision to curtail and void the 2020/2021 season.

“We know that this decision will be a huge disappointment for many.

“We have not come to this decision easily, but see no real alternative to be fair to all clubs and the integrity of the league.

“We are conscious of the hard work that so many of you have put in to this season, and the great lengths that have been gone to - over and above the call of duty - to facilitate football.

“We really did not want to be left with this outcome, and to have a second season without divisional champions.

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our immense gratitude for your endeavours this season.

“The league will, however, be running small mini leagues to give players organised football in April.

“We look forward to seeing you on the pitch soon.”