Covid survey highlights football’s honourable response to crisis despite multi billion lost revenue

8 March 2021

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Photo: Alamy Everton's Richarlison cross during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London, Monday March 8, 2021.

Research by Off The Pitch reveals a commendable use of club resources to assist local communities through the lockdown periods.

Tomorrow it is one year ago that all sports in Italy – including Serie A - were halted because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Combined lost revenue among Europes Top 20 clubs likely to exceed €2.5billion for 2020/21.

Only one of Europe’s leading clubs accepted government aid to support jobs despite the devastating economic consequences of the Covid pandemic.

Club executives speak of pride at maintaining employment levels and the game’s role in keeping “people going through this latest lock down”.

Executive from top French club is sceptical if clubs should hope for a return to things like they used to be. He feels major changes are needed.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

An extensive survey by Off The Pitch reveals the devastating economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on the world’s top 20 wealthiest clubs and the lengths clubs have gone to try and mitigate their losses.

Our findings, published to coincide with the first anniversary of the Covid-19 lockdown on football, also reveal there has also been a commendable use of club resources to assist local communities through the lockdown periods. 

Our research shows:

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