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England's National League season to start after government funding boost

Brentford Community Stadium, London, Britain - September 6, 2020 General view of match action Action Images/Peter Cziborra

(Reuters) - The English National League’s 2020-21 season will kick off on Saturday after the fifth-tier club competition secured significant financial support from the British government, the league announced on Friday.

British media said the National League had secured a 10 million pounds ($12.93 million) grant over the next three months after negotiations between the league, FA and the government.

The funding will allow the fifth-tier clubs to cover the shortfall caused by the ban on fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The National League has now received confirmation of significant financial grant-aid support from the Government to compensate clubs for essential revenue lost from fans not returning in October..." the league said in a statement here.

“The 2020/21 National League season will now commence on Oct. 3 as planned with clubs playing ‘behind closed doors’ in compliance with the elite sport protocols,”

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Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris