Journalist Alan Nixon has revealed that ‘several League Two clubs’ have enquired about finishing the season prematurely, as it’d cost them more to actually resume than finish it.
This current crisis is more unprecedented than we could ever have imagined. It’s affected every walk of life and every industry, but football seems to be one that’ll suffer more than most.
All professional football in the UK – largely as it has around the world – has been postponed almost indefinitely, with dates forever being pushed back, and new difficulties constantly arising.
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The biggest challenge that this outbreak presents is financial. Most of the clubs in the EFL rely heavily on their ticket sales and with no football to play, and no paying fans to keep the club alive, a lot of teams face a real threat of extinction before the season restarts.
Nixon stated on Twitter on Sunday that several clubs in League Two have asked for the season to be concluded, and with no further fixtures, as restarting and finishing the remaining games would actually cost the club more than if they simply left it here:
Several League Two clubs have asked the EFL where they stand on NOT playing again this season because it will cost them more money to restart an extended campaign 😳😳😳
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) April 12, 2020
Endless complications have come out of the coronavirus pandemic. The further we go down the Football League pyramid, the greater the impact is, or threatens to be – many predict that the EFL will lose several of it’s members over the coming weeks and months.
These are truly testing times for the world.
Football has rightly taken a back-seat in all of the chaos unfolding in-front of us, and it’s a sad reality that some teams won’t be able to stay afloat in time for next season.