The British Minister, with responsibility for the sport, has urged the Premier League to give financial support to cash-strapped Football League clubs in a bid to ease the financial damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The English Football League says its teams will lose £200 million ($255 million) this season while matches are played behind closed doors due to the pandemic.
Channels TV reports that having already lost £50 million last season after the lockdown forced spectators out of stadiums, there are fears some clubs in the three divisions below the Premier League could go out of business without financial help.
Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden believes it is the wealthy Premier League that should step in with a bailout package rather than the Government.
Premier League chiefs were frustrated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to scrap the planned reintroduction of fans from October 1 after a recent spike in coronavirus cases.
Dowden said the Premier League will meet on Tuesday to discuss the way forward now that the Government has effectively ruled out any fans attending matches until March.