The English Football Federation (FA) fears that the delay in returning fans to stadiums could have a major economic impact on football.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the temporary suspension of the plan for fans to gradually return to the stadiums from October 1, due to fear of a second wave of infections.
Many clubs, especially at a modest level, require the box office as a means of entry, so this delay is a serious blow to their economy.
“We understand the government’s decision, since the health of the nation is the priority. However, it is important to recognize that the impact it will have on sport is great”the FA said in a statement.
“The clubs are having a hard time and many of them hope that their public will return to have that necessary income. Many teams are suffering to survive”he added.
The FA applauded the government’s decision to give financial support to the clubs that need it after this blow to their economy and assured that they will continue working together to reach a solution.
“We also support the continuation of training sport and elite football behind closed doors, to help the physical and mental well-being of millions of players throughout the country.”, ended the FA.
According to the Premier League, the losses caused by the pandemic last season amounted to 700 million pounds (770 million euros) and this campaign, the losses reached 100 million pounds (110 million euros) per month.