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Bar­ton: We must pro­tect all lev­els


hap­pen down here which is go­ing to desta­bilise a lot of clubs,” said Bar­ton.

“We have seen Mac­cles­field go, Bury go last year and we have seen Wi­gan in a tight spot.

“There are go­ing to be a lot of clubs that, if we don’t have fans back in the sta­dium – which it doesn’t look like is go­ing to hap­pen – that are go­ing to be se­verely ham­pered if not forced to the wall by some of these de­ci­sions. It re­ally, re­ally scares me.

“When you see some of the money that is about in the game – and there is plenty of money – but it is go­ing fur­ther and fur­ther towards the top.

“Our club is at the cen­tre of the com­mu­nity, it is a com­mu­nity- based club. Bury would be the same. Peo­ple are get­ting dis­carded and made re­dun­dant and clubs are be­ing closed and that is just wrong.

“We have to pro­tect what we have be­cause foot­ball has been around in this coun­try for a long, long time. It wasn’t just in­vented in 1992 with the Premier League.”

Na­tional League clubs have been left fu­ri­ous by the Gov­ern­ment’s U- turn on fans, and league bosses will hold an emer­gency board meet­ing to­mor­row when they could post­pone the start of the cam­paign.

Dover chair­man Jim Par­menter said: “Un­less fund­ing is pro­vided by the Gov­ern­ment, foot­ball be­hind closed doors is not sus­tain­able at our level. We’ll op­pose any at­tempt to start the sea­son be­hind closed doors.

“While the Gov­ern­ment have com­mu­ni­cated with the na­tion, there has been no di­rect en­gage­ment with foot­ball clubs by them, the FA or Na­tional League – we still do not know what the plans are.

“Sup­port­ers can be as­sured that we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to en­sure the sur­vival of the club.”

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