England FA to make 124 positions redundant in bid to combat financial impact of COVID-19
With football suspended for 100 days in England due to the pandemic, the lack of revenue from international matches and domestic cup games hit the FA, who said they are planning for potential losses of around 300 million pounds
London: The English Football Association (FA) will make 124 positions redundant within the organisation due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governing body said on Monday.
With football suspended for 100 days in England due to the pandemic, the lack of revenue from international matches and domestic cup games hit the FA, who said they are planning for potential losses of around 300 million pounds ($369.42 million).
"As a not-for-profit organisation, this will hit us hard," FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said in a statement.
“Therefore, over recent months, we have forensically analysed the budget of every division within the FA in order to identify the most suitable areas to make costs savings.
“The situation has worsened to a point where we now need to reduce the size of the FA in order to deal with the financial impact of the crisis.”
The FA said 42 positions were already vacant before the COVID-19 crisis while they are proposing to remove a further 82 roles from the organisation.
The FA Cup restarted over the weekend with the four quarter-final ties in empty stadiums with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City advancing to the semi-finals.
United will meet Chelsea while Arsenal face City, with the games scheduled to be played at Wembley on 18-19 July.
The Guardian newspaper reported 18 clubs voted in favour of the ban at an emergency meeting on Monday, with Newcastle voting against and Manchester City abstaining. It is understood that both questioned the legality of the move.
United are five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after a 4-2 defeat at Leicester on Saturday