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£6m funding made available to help NI sports clubs hit by virus

  • Irish League teams 'face £1.5m loss in gate receipts'
  • Fears some could go to wall as a result of pandemic

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Caral Ni Chuilin

Caral Ni Chuilin

Cliftonville FC chairman Gerard Lawlor

Cliftonville FC chairman Gerard Lawlor

Caral Ni Chuilin

The Stormont minister responsible for sport has revealed that £6m is to be made available for sporting clubs and organisations around Northern Ireland, offering them much-needed financial aid as they deal with the pandemic crisis.

The news comes as Cliftonville FC chairman Gerard Lawlor claimed that the impact of Covid-19 could see the Irish Premiership potentially lose £1.5m in gate receipts due to the current restrictions on crowd numbers.

There is serious concern that if supporters are not allowed to attend Irish League games when the new season is set to kick off next month, that some clubs may go to the wall without government assistance.