Matchday income analysis: Big European clubs among those hit hardest

28 May 2020

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Photo: PA Images Rangers FC are the most dependent on matchday income in Europe. Here Rangers fans in the stands show their support during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match against Bayer Leverkussen at Ibrox Stadium.

The Covid-19 outbreak has created uncertainty as to when spectators may be allowed at matches again, challenging the sales of season tickets for next season.

An analysis of more than 100 European clubs shows top Scottish clubs Rangers and Celtic are among the three clubs most dependent on matchday proceeds relative to revenue.

Cancellation of the Eredivisie has created serious financial challenges for Ajax.

Matchday dependence remains significantly higher for LaLiga clubs, relative to the Bundesliga and EPL.

Joseph Mailil, analyst jm@offthepitch.com

Regardless of how the ongoing season will be concluded, clubs across Europe have already come to terms with the fact that it will be without spectators. 

Loyal fans who refrain from requesting refunds for season tickets have somewhat rectified clubs' losses so far. However, with expectations of playing behind closed doors until 2021 growing, the financial impact on clubs relying heavily on matchday income is troubling. 

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