TUST PRESS RELEASE
For the information of our members - the following press release was issued to local and national media and our MPs on Saturday evening.
The latest updated news from the National League is that the season will start next Saturday provided the Government agrees to the confirmation of financial support for the three divisions and based on each club’s net gate revenue.
This all sounds rather vague and there is, of course, no guarantee that this financial lifeline is going to be agreed which is why TUST asks all the Yellow Army to email their MP. TUST has contacted our three local MPs - Kevin Foster, Anthony Mangnall and AnneMarie Morris - as well as Andy Walsh at the FSA and Oliver Dowden, Chairman of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, to emphasise the seriousness of the situation.
Were the National League not to start this would result in numerous clubs going out of business. For those that survived the future would be extremely bleak - elite status could be lost resulting in the chances of competing for a place in the EFL gone too, as the make-up of the top non-league divisions would change forever, as the remaining clubs would be, at best, part-time.
The fallout for local communities and businesses would be disastrous.
Whilst live streaming is a great innovation this can only be seen as a partial solution as it cannot replace spectators being allowed inside stadiums. Interest, even by the most ardent fan, is unlikely to be maintained over the next six months.
This is why TUST urges those in authority to ensure football fans are once again permitted to watch their local teams in Covid secure stadiums as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
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