Corona Virus Fan Mail Update

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Apr 21 2020 05:51PM

Dear Members and supporters of the Trust,

What uncertain times we are living in today here and across the world due to this pandemic. We hope that you and your families are all safe wherever you all may be.

We wanted to touch base with you to firstly keep you up to date where league football is concerned and also maintain our community links and communications with you including our survey. You will see these items in the link articles below (as separate article news items).

But first let's start with the state of football, because there has been a lot of information rumoured in the media about how football will start and the financial implications when it comes to television income, which makes football a multi-billion pounds industry. There has been much speculation, but all we can be certain about is that domestic football is still suspended until it is considered safe to resume. You can see a full list of official announcements / updates from credible sources on football throughout the UK and Europe in the FSA's link article here. That information is up to date as of 15th April.

More recently there has been an 'Open Letter' to fans from EFL Chair, Rick Parry, to fans from EFL, dated 17th April, which coincided with the 132nd anniversary of the founding of the Football League and is quite revealing as it gives a clear indication that a return to the remainder of the season will 'likely' be behind closed doors, and that "Plans are continuing to be worked up for all games to be broadcast either via our broadcast partners, iFollow or equivalent Club streaming services.' Talks are ongoing as to the practicalities of how clubs can return to action and how this resumption may affect the following season.

For most City fans, understandably, the resumption of the remainder of the season will not be anticipated with great expectations. Such has been the disappointment of what we have already seen that we face the prospect of grinding out results as a minimum expectation in reaching the finish line of our remaining 9 fixtures. Behind the scenes, there is a palpable financial pressure as a result of the lock-down, keenly felt not only by City but by the vast majority of Clubs.

Clubs, including City, have taken advantage of the government's furloughing scheme (See City's Furlough Leave Statement) which allows the state to fund 80% of full-time staff and players’ wages, up to a value of £2,500 per month per employee. The EFL Joint Statement with the PFA (Players Football Association) gives us a glimpse of the collective arrangements at national level. A 'working group' supports local Club and player discussions and gives the the League and PFA a greater understanding of players' concerns and financial pressures member Clubs are facing. For further details that includes a compromise proposal that has been agreed between the EFL and the PFA, please click on our EFL Joint Statement link.

Obviously this is not an ideal situation, and in these challenging times we hope to update you as we get the information, to help us all understand what is going on behind these ever-changing events.

With best wishes and stay safe.

From all on the Bantams Trust Board

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