Bosses at the ten Elite League clubs have cancelled all matches with immediate effect.

League chiefs had hoped to complete the regular season and in the wake of last evening’s government guidelines, based on the up-to-the-minute scientific advice to allow sporting fixtures to continue, that seemed possible.

League bosses staged an emergency conference call after the Government’s latest announcement on the coronavirus outbreak. Impending restrictions on crowd sizes in Scotland were an issue that was being further considered overnight.

However, since then two teams have now reported they have players in self-isolation purely as a precaution but the health and safety of our fans, players and staff has to be paramount.

In the wake of that news, the Elite League has no choice but to shut down the rest of the season.

The league feels it has taken its ‘can-do, will-do’ efforts to the limit and whilst the outcome is sure to disappoint fans across the country there was no alternative in these unprecedented times.

We are confident everyone will understand the rationale behind the league’s decision.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes and ask you to check the Arena and Steelers web sites and social media for all the latest information.

Full refunds for the games and any parking (including all fees) will be automatically refunded to the cards the purchases were made on - cash payments can be refunded Saturday (tomorrow) between 12 noon and 7pm from the Arena Box Office Counters only - original tickets must be brought in and some form of ID after this time any bookings made by cash will be refunded by cheque to name and address details given at time of booking.

Steelers owner and EIHL boss Tony Smith has been chairing many meetings and conference calls in the last week, leading to this mornings decision to cancel the EIHL for the remainder of this season.

“It’s been a tough week on many levels,” said Smith “We have to take so many things into account, most importantly the health of our players, fans and staff.

“We looked at every option possible but as stated in the EIHL media release we had no option but to take this very disappointing decision this morning.

“We are sure many fans have so many questions relating to purchased tickets, season tickets and play off’s. Can we please ask that you all refrain from contacting either the Arena or our offices until early next week when further statements will have been issued.

“Our priority right now is to ensure that our players can return home as soon as possible with their families”.