​Millwall chief warns Championship faces ‘financial Armageddon’ over potential shutdown

Millwall chief executive Steve Kavanagh has stated that playing games behind closed doors is not an option for Championship clubs.

Football clubs throughout the English pyramid are dealing with game postponements and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 outbreaks, due to the more contagious Omicron variant.

The EFL is looking at various options at avoiding too much disruption for the rest of the season, and a return to socially distanced crowds or closed door games is possible, per the Daily Mail.

“It is not as easy as having socially-distanced reduced crowds, it is not that easy, but that doesn’t mean we should go to no crowds because that is financial Armageddon,” Kavanagh told the PA news agency.

“Please don’t leave it to the Premier League to make a decision over whether the Championship are or aren’t a deserving case. It is a complex argument and someone has to make a decision and help.

“If they don’t, we risk our clubs, which are community assets, being financially stricken for the long term, so it endangers them or worse we risk our clubs going into administration and out of business. I am not saying that lightly or as a threat but people have to listen.

“We have got through to where we are out of the goodness of the owners’ hearts, all of them have been brilliant, but you can’t keep relying on these people to bail out community assets. They need help in doing so if we get into that situation, but let’s hope we don’t.”

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