(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
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