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NEWS: EFL Chairman writes to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

28 October 2020

EFL Chairman Rick Parry has written to Oliver Dowden MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Fans can read the letter in full here.

In the letter, Parry urges Mr Dowden to provide the financial support for football that the Government already has for other industries within the DCMS portfolio that have affected by the Coronavirus pandemic (for example £1.5 billion funding for the arts)

Parry also urges the Government to allow fans in to stadiums as soon as possible, to support the financial viability of Clubs.

The EFL Chairman also states: "In all other areas, the Government has accepted that when it restricts business activity it should provide some form of support.

Reacting to the letter, Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy said:

"All 72 EFL Clubs are currently facing one of the most challenging periods ever.

"With no gate income for the forseeable future, collectively our Clubs have lost their major source of income and our supporters who are the lifeblood of Clubs and the game.

"The Government needs to recognise this fact and support EFL Clubs who are major community assets, by either returning spectators safely to stadiums as soon as safely possible, and/or helping in the form of a grant to keep Clubs afloat in this crisis - both of which they have done in other industries." 

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