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FA to make 124 positions redundant

The Football Association (FA) is to make 124 positions redundant due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The FA, who are a not-for-profit orga­nisa­tion, say that they are planning for potential financial losses of about £300m.

82 current jobs will be lost, while 42 vacancies will not be filled.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said the organisation faced a "significant" financial challenge.

"It might seem that football has weathered the storm by getting the top flight men's game playing again," he said.

"However, unfor­tunately the past few months have impacted the FA severely and we have lost a significant amount of money that we can never recoup.

"We also anticipate that many of our future revenue streams will be affected for a considerable time."

The FA has lost all revenue from events due to be held at Wembley Stadium since March, and from events, such as music concerts and NFL matches, which the stadium was set to host later this year.

In addition, it has lost all revenue from hospitality - about £35m per year - at Wembley, which it anticipates "will probably take years to recover".

"Proposing redundancies is the toughest cost-saving measure that any organisation can consider imple­menting, but we believe that we must now adapt and future-proof the organisation to ensure our cost base reflects a future with signi­fic­antly lower revenues," said Bullingham.

"We have a respon­sibility to preserve our core functions that regulate and serve English football. We also have a duty to support our men's and women's senior teams in their efforts to win major tournaments.

"That means we have set out in our proposals some difficult choices because we do not think we can afford to do all the things that we did before. We believe the impact of this crisis is to force us to focus more than ever on our key priorities."

He added: "The next few weeks will be very tough for everyone at the FA and our aim is to ensure that we emerge in the strongest possible state and be ready for better times in the future."

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