FA chief opens government talks over funding for clubs due to coronavirus

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham has opened talks with the government and football bosses about providing financial help to clubs facing ruin because of the coronavirus crisis.

The suspension of all football until April 4 at the earliest, due to the pandemic, is threatening the futures of clubs lower down the league pyramid.

The lack of revenue from matchdays has placed huge strain on the finances of clubs, with Barnet announcing this week that 60 members of staff have been laid off.

Others are expected to follow suit and Bullingham insists the authorities are working on a plan to provide some financial help.

Bullingham, who admits the FA are also going to suffer due to the postponement of Euro 2020, said: "There are some clubs, particularly at the lower end of the pyramid, that are going to struggle.

"I think there are many different businesses that are going to struggle over the next few weeks and months and we are having lots of conversations with both the government and other football stakeholders about that.

"From our point of view, we're a not for profit. Clearly the money we raise goes back into the game, we are definitely going to take a big financial hit, and we will therefore be able to put less back into the game at all levels.

"I think it will be looked at by both the government and the football family, but I can't go into any more detail on that at the moment.

"There are regular conversations going on, this is one of many different topics on the agenda, obviously, but it's also a big topic for the government.

"The government has repeatedly asked us to keep them informed of clubs that are having financial difficulties. It's an issue for the government and the football family, and I can't go into any more details at the moment."

  • Premier League
  • Coronavirus

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