More than half of the 40 football clubs surveyed would consider starting games at lunchtime
An online survey has revealed that clubs in the English Football League (EFL) would be willing to hold lunchtime kick-offs at the weekend to ease the cost of living crisis plaguing the Kingdom -United.
A survey by football reform group Fair Game found that 63% of 40 clubs surveyed – including 12 EFL teams – would consider earlier kick-offs for league matches at the weekend to cut their energy bills if they had permission, and would therefore take advantage of the diminishing daylight as winter approaches.
Additionally, 50% of clubs surveyed would consider the same measures for FA Cup matches.
Overall, clubs rated their concern over the cost of living crisis at seven out of 10, with that figure rising to eight out of 10 for those in League Two, which is the fourth tier of English professional football.
Due to the crisis, which has led to sky-high gas and electricity bills for households and businesses, 40 clubs are considering whether to halt stadium improvements while 38% are preparing to review their personnel budgets non player.
The publication of the survey comes at a time when Premier League clubs are preparing further discussions on a financial distribution model to support the EFL and the rest of the English football pyramid.
Dubbed the “New Deal For Football”, it is expected to contain a new system of merit payments to second-tier Championship clubs and changes to so-called parachute payments.
At a shareholders’ meeting in London on Wednesday, however, the 20 Premier League giants were still not expected to endorse it, as Fair Game chief executive Niall Couper pointed out that the results of the investigation highlighted why action was urgently needed.
“The results paint a very bleak future for football outside the top echelons of the game,” Couper said, predicting that the cost of living crisis “could spell the end of hardworking community clubs at the bottom of the pyramid.”
Couper referred to lower league football clubs as “the heartbeat of their communities”but claimed that they are currently “in intensive care” with Premier League clubs “at best I will offer a band-aid.”
“They’ve had decades to fix the problem and they should stay away,” Cut asked.
“It is now up to the government to intervene. The recent fan-led review put together by the Conservative Party revealed the financial flow in the game, and the governance behind it is broken.
“We were promised to be leveled, instead we could see the leveling of football stadiums across the country with decades of history and tradition wiped from the map.
” The governmentThe government must deliver on its promise of an independent regulator now. A regulator that can oversee football’s financial flows. Without it, the pyramid of our national game would collapse,” he concluded.
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While the UK government has pledged to help businesses facing rising energy costs, it remains unclear whether this will benefit lower league football clubs or how long the support will last.
Although his predecessor Boris Johnson and ex-Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries have both backed the establishment of an independent regulator in English gambling, RTE says it is understood there is growing optimism among top-flight clubs that plans for this will be watered down or scrapped. under the watch of the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss.