Confusion over National League as deleted tweets say FA has ended season

All football at steps five and six of non League has been cancelled because of coronavirus

While the professional game has been suspended due to the escalating Covid-19 situation, the FA has been going through consultation and scenario-planning with stakeholders across English football.

The Football League are plotting radical action to keep their clubs afloat during the coronavirus crisis, by putting lower-league players on sabbatical.

Squad members at St. Andrews earning more than £6,000 (€6,515) a week have been asked to take a 50% deduction in their salary for the next four months.

The Professional Footballers' Association called on Wednesday (March 25) for urgent talks with the Premier League and the English Football League (EFL) over the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on players and clubs.

But even the top of the game and the cash-rich Premier League is not immune to the crisis facing football because of the virus. Several clubs have already approached players with a view to imposing pay deferrals.

The PFA held emergency talks on Monday with the Premier League and EFL and are being "realistic" about finding a solution with deferrals and potential pay cuts all part of the discussion.

After a series of meetings between the FA and non-league representatives failed to reach a consensus, the Northern League, Southern League and London-based Isthmian Leagues last night issued a joint statement confirming they had begun the formal process of terminating the season, while expressing "frustration" at the continued delay.

In order to do so, players must be granted a leave of absence by clubs.

"As with other industries, the current COVID-19 crisis is having a severe impact on the finances of the game".

Premier League chief executives will discuss the prospect of asking players to take pay deferrals when the 20 top flight clubs stage their next video conference on April 3, sources have told ESPN.

The Birmingham cuts are to be paid back in stages when the season restarts.

The union is also part of discussions at global level regarding contracts and the resumption of league action.



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