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Lunchtime kick-offs in leagues and FA Cup hold appeal amid cost-of-living crisis



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Lunchtime kick-offs for weekend league and FA Cup games are said to be considered by clubs in the EFL and the wider football pyramid to deal with the crisis cost of living, according to a new survey.

Sixty-three per cent of the 40 clubs – including 12 EFL teams – surveyed by football reform group Fair Game over the past fortnight said they would consider earlier kick-offs to help reduce football bills. energy as daylight hours decrease, if allowed. .

The government has pledged to support businesses facing rising energy costs, but it is unclear whether this will benefit football clubs or how long any support will last, and concerns over the energy cost crisis life among clubs outside the Premier League remain high.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and representatives of the competition’s 20 clubs will hold further discussions on a new financial distribution model on Wednesday (Mike Egerton/PA)

Overall, clubs rated their concern over the cost of living crisis at seven out of 10, rising to more than eight out of 10 among League Two sides.