Bury’s opening day game at MK Dons has been suspended by the EFL.

The league had set The Shakers and Bolton Wanderers a 5pm deadline to give them the necessary reassurances that they could start the League One season.

Bolton satisfied the league’s requirements and will head to Wycombe this weekend but Bury’s game at Gigg Lane will not take place as planned.

With owner Steve Dale having agreed a Company Voluntary Agreement to reduce the club’s debts Paul Wilkinson’s side were already set to start the season on minus 12 points.

Now they could face an independent disciplinary commission and a potential further points deduction for failing to fulfil a fixture.

The Shakers have also been given until Friday to satisfy the EFL that the situation has changed and they can travel to Accrington Stanley on August 10.

“Following continued and comprehensive discussions with the ownership at Bury and other interested parties throughout Monday, the EFL Board is not satisfied it has received the necessary evidence in regard to the outstanding information it requires that demonstrates how the club will be funded moving forwards,” the league said in a statement on Monday evening.

“As a result of not meeting Monday’s 5pm deadline, which had been extended on two previous occasions, the EFL Board feels it has been placed in an unenviable position and, regrettably, has opted to take the reluctant decision to suspend Saturday’s opening day fixture with MK Dons under the provision of EFL Regulation 28.2. 

“In addition, the EFL Board, if not in possession of the necessary evidence by 12pm on Friday 2 August 2019, will make a determination as to whether to suspend Bury’s away fixture at Accrington Stanley on Saturday 10 August 2019.”

The EFL statement concluded by calling on Dale to work with them to get the club back on a solid footing.

It read: “As has been the case throughout this entire process, the EFL will continue to offer its full assistance to the ownership at Bury, but remains clear that while the league is here to support the club through some extremely complex and complicated issues, the outstanding matters can only be resolved with the cooperation from the club itself.”