Premier League clubs urged to help food banks during Coronavirus crisis
Some teams have already provided help.
To some, the threat of Covid-19 is only of secondary importance to the very real cancellation of all football matches across the English Football League and Premier League. What to do with all that money usually wasted on gambling?
The wealth of the Premier League organisation and many individual teams within is of obvious great use to agencies looking to support people through the devastating virus, and now there is growing pressure for action.
Fans Supporting Foodbanks – an organisation that would ordinarily collect food items outside football stadiums on match days to give to people in need in local communities – has been unable to arrange collections due to the decision by football’s governing bodies to suspend matches (currently until at least the end of April).
Instead, the charity has asked football clubs to make donations to food banks in their local areas so that they can continue operating. Additionally, it has requested that owners continue to pay any staff that would normally work for them and to suspend season ticket charges until play resumes. It is hoped these measures will reduce the need for people to use food banks in the first place.
So far, two Premier League clubs have pledged to support Fans Supporting Foodbanks’ aims; Liverpool is providing emergency food bank funding to charities in the area and Brighton is making payment commitments to its workers.
With the enormous pools of money swilling around the top of English football (and the companies that fund it) it can at least be hoped that plenty more organisations are forthcoming with assistance throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.