Birmingham Mail : 2020-09-25

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43 www.birmingham­ BIRMINGHAM MAIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 Sport Warriors chiefs face a battle for survival Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston measures Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out yesterday, although discussion­s over emergency funding only began on Tuesday. His remarks came after a limited return of fans to grounds next month was paused due to an increase in recorded Covid19 infections. Huddleston said he has asked the governing bodies of spectator sports to provide him with details of any member clubs or associatio­ns who are at immediate financial threat. He explained: “We are in discussion­s with major sport, including football bodies. I asked the governing bodies to provide me with details of any member clubs or associatio­ns under immediate financial threat and we’ll be providing more informatio­n in due course.” closed doors for another six to some profession­al sports months is clearly not sustainabl­e clubs. At the moment we do not for this club nor for the Premiershi­p know, even if it does arrive, what as a whole,” the statement that support might look like. read. “Until we have that clarity it is “The additional loss of our impossible for us to know what events business puts further the future of profession­al rugby pressure on our chances for in England looks like.” financial survival. Sports Minister NigelHuddl­eston “We are not alone in this fight has said the top tiers of for survival. Along with the support profession­al sport will be of our community this expected to find ways to support period has brought together the themselves where possible during clubs in this country in a way the pandemic. that has not been seen for many He revealed the Government’s years. focus will be helping “Without revenue generated “those most in need” within the on matchdays from crowds, sporting world, as he confirmed sponsors and their associated discussion­s with sportsgove­rning spend, Warriors and all profession­al bodies are ongoing about sports clubs cannot hope further assistance. to be sustainabl­e without significan­t Huddleston also said he could support. not give “definitive timescales” “The Culture Secretary, Oliver for reopening events, while no Dowden, has indicated he might mention of provisions for sport consider offering financial support were made in a package of CORONAVIRU­S By DUNCAN BECH­ WORCESTER’S owners insist the club are facing a fight for survival following new restrictio­ns on crowds lasting up to six months. Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingha­m have issued a statement outlining the damage that will be caused by Government guidelines designed to combat a second wave of coronaviru­s. The Premiershi­p has followed the Rugby Football Union in requesting a state bailout and Goldring and Whittingha­m fear for the future of profession­al rugby in England if spectators are unable to attend games well into next year. “Playing matches behind PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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