The EFL and the Premier League have today concluded negotiations on a rescue package and distress fund to address the immediate financial challenges faced by EFL clubs arising as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. A fund of £50m in the form of a grant and monitored grant payments has been agreed for League One and Two clubs while the Premier League will provide a further financial commitment to assist the EFL in securing a £200m loan facility that Championship clubs will be able to utilise interest free. Premier League Clubs have given their final approval to the agreement at today’s shareholder meeting and this followed earlier approval of the deal by the EFL Board, acting on behalf of its membership.
Rick Parry, EFL Chair, said: “Our over-arching aim throughout this process has been to ensure that all EFL clubs survive the financial impact of the pandemic. I am pleased that we have now reached a resolution on behalf of our clubs and as we have maintained throughout this will provide much needed support and clarity following months of uncertainty. I would like to thank Richard Masters and Gary Hoffman for their efforts on behalf of the Premier League, and of course their shareholders, for making this welcome, tangible commitment to the professional game at a time when it has needed it most.”
Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, said: “The Premier League is a huge supporter of the football pyramid and is well aware of the important role clubs play in their communities. Our commitment is that no EFL club need go out of business due to Covid-19. All football clubs continue to suffer significant financial losses as a result of the pandemic, but Premier League Shareholders today unanimously agreed to provide additional funding and support for EFL clubs in real financial distress. We are very pleased to have reached this agreement and we stand together with the EFL in our commitment to protect all clubs in these unprecedented times.”
Support for Clubs in League One and League Two
The relief package will provide a combined fund of £50million for League One and League Two clubs, with £30million to be paid to all 48 clubs as a grant and a further £20million available on application as a ‘monitored grant’.
Details are as follows:
- A £30million grant to be paid immediately from the Premier League to EFL clubs for distribution based on lost gate receipts in respect of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 Season.
- In addition, a further £20m ‘Monitored Grant’ is to be provided with clubs able to apply for it based on ‘need’, with a joint EFL and Premier League panel to determine club eligibility.
- Any Club in receipt of a grant or monitored grant payment will be required to continue to maintain compliance with the EFL’s financial regulations.
Support for Championship clubs
The Premier League has also agreed to provide a payment commitment of up to £15m to cover interest, arrangement fees and professional fees to allow the EFL to secure a £200m loan facility that it will then on-lend to Championship clubs interest free.
Details are as follows: