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Football: Premier League responsible for bailing out lower league clubs – Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden

LONDON (Bloomberg) – UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden suggested the onus is on English Premier League to support smaller clubs that are struggling financially because coronavirus restrictions mean crowds can't return to watch matches.

"We are all agreed that the Premier League needs to step up to the plate and they are having intensive discussions with lower divisions in football's hierarchy, Mr Dowden told Sky News on Sunday (Sept 27), adding that the top clubs will meet on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

"The direction is clear. We understand that the Premier League needs to play its part and I'm in close consultation with them."

The UK government earlier this month put a halt on plans for crowds to return to sporting events from Oct 1, citing a resurgence in the coronavirus pandemic that needs to be brought under control.

That's left sporting clubs around the country reeling, as they're unable to tap income from match-day receipts to keep their businesses afloat.

Dowden indicated government support will also be forthcoming, saying "it's time for the governmeRead More – Source