West Ham United are believed to be losing 2 million pounds a match due to fans not being allowed at the stadiums due to the coronavirus pandemic according to vice-chair Karren Brady.
Fans have not been at the stadium to watch their respective team since the Premier League restarted in June after serious lockdown while lower leagues suffered the serious brunt of the pandemic.
“It’s fatal for everybody. West Ham is losing 2 million pounds a match in lost ticket revenue and corporate revenue. Some clubs are losing as much as 10 million pounds a match,” Brady told the BBC.
“You talk about the pyramid of football but there is also a pyramid within the Premier League. Right at the top, you have clubs owned by sovereign states and right at the bottom, you have those who are not.
“Everyone is suffering but just like smaller businesses, whether football or non-football, they don’t have many cash reserves and that is what is happening to the smaller football clubs.”
Brady also added that it has caused a great deal of frustration having to screen games which has made the game lose the finesse of having fans cheering at the stadium.
“We couldn’t have our supporters in which is literally why football exists but you could watch a game at the cinema, the O2 was open, the Royal Albert Hall was open, the London Palladium was open but open-aired, COVID-free stadiums aren’t,” she continued.
“We are told it is early next March before we let supporters in. We have to do everything in terms of making people feel safe, giving the government confidence that we can provide these COVID-19 safe stadiums.”