Club owner details Rick Parry claim from Tues EFL meeting that would have huge impact on Leeds
The EFL held a meeting with lower league clubs on Tuesday and the upshot was that the plan is still to play out the rest of the season across all leagues.
That’s good news for Leeds and quells, for now, a move from lower league clubs to end the season early.
However, Burton Albion owner Ben Robinson has said that EFL chairman Rick Parry said in the meeting that fans wouldn’t be allowed back in stadiums until 2021.
Robinson said that would come with considerable financial implications.
Talking on the Football Show (Sky Sports, Wednesday, 10.30am), Robinson said, “There’s a lot of uncertainty.
“We don’t know when the season is going to be concluded and the bigger concern is next season.
“In the meeting, Rick Parry EFL chairman said he didn’t think crowds would be allowed in stadiums until 2021. He thought it would be as long as that before crowds could come back in.
“The financial implications of that are considerable.”
This would be huge for every football club in the country.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has said that Leeds missed out on £2.5m in revenue from lost gate receipts from the last five home games of this season.
If fans aren’t allowed back in until 2021 that could easily be another £6m of lost revenue for Leeds United – and way more if they secure promotion into the Premier League.
That would be a massive blow for Leeds but also for fans who wouldn’t be able to witness their team playing live in the Premier League.
Policies are differing across Europe.
The Guardian has reported that Sweden are aiming to kick off top-flight football with fans on June 14.
That appears to be bucking the trend but perhaps reflects either how well they’ve dealt with the Coronavirus outbreak, or how badly the UK has.
Either way, it’s a horrible prospect for fans in the UK.
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