Brighton owner faces “significant strain” if Premier League season is cancelled

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Previously this month Burnley cautioned they stood to lose ₤50 million if the season might not be finished.

Brighton have actually cautioned of a “significant strain” on owner Tony Flower financially if it is not possible to finish the Premier League season.

A mooted cut-off date of June 30 for finishing fixtures was not gone over on a teleconference in between top-flight clubs on Friday following reports that 9 clubs were pressing to draw the line under the campaign already.

Brighton are not in favour of that result, determined they wish to find a way to play out the season even if that keeps Graham Potter‘s side, 2 points above the drop zone, at danger of transfer.

Brighton chairman Tony Flower faces a substantial costs if play does not resume soon (Andrew Matthews/PA)

President Paul Barber cautioned Brighton were currently budgeting for a loss this season after buying the squad, and would have a hard time if there was a substantial loss of broadcast and matchday income on top.

“Of course if we could guarantee we would be in the Premier League next season then that is a good thing but we have also got a financial gap that is going to be very significant,” he stated.

” We are currently relying extremely on Tony to money the space we would have had and allocated.

” To be able to money another space is a substantial pressure on anybody, not to mention one person, so from that perspective we do wish to play out the remainder of the season.

“We want to protect and preserve as much of our income as we possibly can as that is our best way of preserving jobs and our best way to sustain our football club.”

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₤50 Million Deficiency.

— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 4, 2020

Previously this month Burnley cautioned they stood to lose ₤50 million if the season might not be finished.

Barber stated Brighton’s own figures were various however the losses would be “very significant” if no more play is possible.

“We have different scenarios and, at the moment, none of them look particularly attractive,” he stated. “However we are attempting to be practical, we are attempting to strategy, we are attempting to take a look at what we can do to alleviate those losses.

” We are attempting to secure Tony since we are not a club with several big investors with huge varieties of individuals happy to get those losses.

“We’re relying on Tony. And that’s tough.”

Brighton boss Graham Potter has actually taken a pay cut during the shutdown (Nick Potts/PA)

Potter joined other senior personnel at the club– consisting of Barber– in taking a pay cut at the start of April to assist relieve the expenses.

After Premier League- large talks with the Expert Footballers’ Association broke down, the club is continuing to speak with the first-team squad through senior players Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray.

Barber stated talks were favorable and the players wish to assist, however cautioned the situation is more complex than it first appears.

“It’s very easy to think of a squad of 25 players as a homogeneous group but they are all at different stages of their career and financial life cycle and will all have different issues and concerns,” he stated.

“The players are very aware of public perception. I understand from outside it doesn’t look great that there’s not more rapid movement but equally I know from the inside it’s a lot more complicated than it might seem or than indeed some people think it should be.”

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