Football: English FA to make 124 jobs redundant due to COVID-19 impact

Football: English FA to make 124 jobs redundant due to COVID-19 impact

A man passes behind engraved logo on glass door entrance to Football Association headquarters in ce
FILE PHOTO: A man passes behind an engraved logo on the glass door entrance to the Football Association (FA) headquarters in central London December 13, 2007. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)

LONDON: The English Football Association (FA) will make 124 positions redundant within the organisation due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governing body said on Monday (Jun 29).

With soccer suspended for 100 days in England due to the pandemic, the lack of revenue from international matches and domestic cup games hit the FA, who said they are planning for potential losses of around 300 million pounds.

"As a not-for-profit organisation, this will hit us hard," FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said in a statement.

"Therefore, over recent months, we have forensically analysed the budget of every division within the FA in order to identify the most suitable areas to make costs savings.

"The situation has worsened to a point where we now need to reduce the size of the FA in order to deal with the financial impact of the crisis."

The FA said 42 positions were already vacant before the COVID-19 crisis while they are proposing to remove a further 82 roles from the organisation.

The FA Cup restarted over the weekend with the four quarter-final ties in empty stadiums with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City advancing to the semi-finals.

United will meet Chelsea while Arsenal face City, with the games scheduled to be played at Wembley on Jul 18 to Jul 19.

Source: Reuters/nh