Bury have seen a fifth game of the season suspended by the EFL after their trip to Rotherham next Tuesday was called off.

The Shakers are yet to start the new season with the league still waiting for owner Steve Dale to give them the financial reassurances they require.

Dale, who paid £1 to take over the crisis club from Stewart Day in December, has agreed a Company Voluntary Agreement to reduce debuts but the EFL want proof that he can settle with creditors and fund the Gigg Lane club going forwards.

Already handed a 12-point deduction, the Rotherham decision means the Shakers have seen their first four League One games and their League Cup tie at Sheffield Wednesday suspended.

An August 23 threat of expulsion, which would end Bury’s 125 years in the Football League, remains in place.

“The EFL Board has taken the decision to suspend Bury FC’s upcoming League One fixture with Rotherham United on Tuesday 20 August 2019 as the outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments has still not been provided by owner Steve Dale,” Thursday’s statement read.

“It is now the club’s fourth game of the season not to take place as originally scheduled and they will be referred to a Disciplinary Commission in respect of all suspended league matches.

“However, as previously stated the EFL maintains the view that league matches cannot continue being suspended indefinitely, as the pressures of a congested fixture calendar will simply not allow such flexibility and the deadline of 23 August for withdrawal of membership remains in place.

“Bury are due to play Tranmere Rovers on 24 August 2019 and, because of the close proximity to the notice of withdrawal deadline, a decision on whether to suspend that fixture will take place in the early part of week commencing 19 August 2019.

“In addition, Bury has also been served with a notice of charge in regard to its failure to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

“The club has been given until 5pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019 to respond.  At this stage the management committee of the competition (the EFL Board) will determine the matter or refer it to a Disciplinary Commission under EFL Regulations.”

The Shakers acknowledged the latest developments in a statement on their website. 

"As a club, we are working tirelessly to find a solution to the current issues we are facing with the EFL," they said.

"We would like to thank supporters for their patience and understanding at this frustrating time for all involved with Bury Football Club."