Date: 12th September 2007 at 10:58am
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Roberto Martinez and the club have received scathing criticism over the course of the last 7 days regarding the Postponed Match vs Cheltenham.

The game was postponed at the request of Roberto Martinez and the club. Martinez activated a clause in league policy which stipulates clearly that a club can call off a game should 3 or more players receive international call ups.

With Joe Allen , Shaun McDonald and new loan signing Warren Feeney all on international duty .

These players would not have featured in the game at Whaddon Road which has left Fans under no allusions to the true reason behind the postponement.

Martinez believes that the break in league action will benefit the team in the long run.He also went onto cite restrictive regulations in other competitions as a rational behind his decision.

Swansea City Manager Roberto Martinez
Spoke candidly to the Evening Post

”We needed to give everybody a rest.’

It was something that was really needed after a very busy period of football and I’m sure we can step up the intensity more than ever now.’

After so many games in August, and especially with the rules in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy which stopped us freshening things up, this little break has been perfect.’

We’ve had a mini pre-season where the boys have been able to work on certain things and it has set us up perfectly for a demanding September.’



The Football League’s restrictive ‘6 player’ policy has not been looked upon favourably by both fans and clubs alike. These postponements could become common place as clubs look to find loopholes in regulations.