Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

National League insist they want season to finish properly amid coronavirus chaos

National League insist they want season to finish properly amid coronavirus chaos

National League chief executive Michael Tattersall said: "The National League is also working with the FA to define all reasonable and practical options for the determination of the 2019-20 season, and to provide guidance to clubs on dealing with player contracts, player registrations and the application of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme".

The English Football Association has announced that the suspension of all forms of professional games has been extended till April 30.

It comes after a raft of EFL clubs have asked players to delay their wages - and some have been told to expect to be asked to take a pay cut.

But the National League, which feeds clubs into the Football League, insisted that did not mean they want to call a halt to their season right now.

The season is still hanging with no solution as to how the remainder of the season will be handled, but Premier League clubs are planning a meeting next week that will resolve this.

There is a worry among even top-flight clubs about the impact of a lack of gate receipts and potential loss of TV revenue with several Premier League clubs now discussing asking players to defer their pay for three months amid the crisis.

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Because fighting this pandemic needs political commitment and commitment at the highest level possible. He added that wide-scale efforts to slow the coronavirus should have started weeks ago.

The decision would have a knock-on effect for the EFL and Premier League, who have both said that they are committed to completing the current campaign.

The National League have asked the FA for a £17 million rescue package to help its clubs survive if they do have to play on, and enable them to extend player's contracts into the summer.

According to BBC Sport, the PFA has called a meeting with the Premier League and EFL to discuss the financial ramifications of the coronavirus.

The Birmingham cuts are to be paid back in stages when the season restarts.

The PFA said: "As with other industries, the crisis is having a severe impact on the finances of the game".

"We are also in regular discussions at global level regarding areas relating to contractual stability and the eventual resumption of the leagues".

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