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Premier League clubs need to help lower leagues cope with coronavirus – Redknapp

The former England international believes the nation’s top clubs need to help their lesser counterparts get through the crisis

Jamie Redknapp has asked Premier League clubs to help lower division teams recover from the coronavirus crisis once the situation has improved.

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen most football postponed or cancelled worldwide for the foreseeable future, with England‘s domestic leagues no exception.

Concerns are growing for smaller organisations in the football world as their revenue streams have been cut off by the coronavirus scare.

While the UK government has set aside £330 billion to help small British businesses cope with the crisis, Redknapp is still worried about the future of many football clubs.

The ex-Liverpool and Tottenham star feels the nation’s bigger clubs can use their financial might to help others survive.

“When the world is better and we can all reset, it’s vitally important the Premier League and other clubs help and do whatever they can to keep clubs going,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.

“So many smaller clubs could go out of business from this, they are going to need a bit of help. It wouldn’t harm the Premier League clubs, given all the money the league creates, to agree to do something.”

Redknapp feels the bankruptcy of clubs would not only have a financial effect on the community, but also affect people’s mental health.

“So many people want to go and watch their team play on a Saturday,” he said.

“If you take that away from their lives and livelihoods it could have an impact on finance and mental health. People need football as a release so we need to make sure football does everything it can to give these clubs the financial help to keep going.”

The summer’s major football tournaments, European Championships and Copa America, were announced as postponed on Tuesday by their respective organisers UEFA and CONMEBOL.

Both events have been rescheduled for 2021 at this stage, with confederations hoping to use the June-July period to finish their halted domestic leagues and continental competitions.

With the Premier League season currently in limbo, question marks remain over what happens with the title despite Liverpool only needing two wins to confirm their triumph.

Former Newcastle legend Alan Shearer believes no competition winner should be awarded if the season is not completed.

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