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EFL chiefs have told Premier League clubs a £200million bail-out is “urgent” to keep them all alive.

Discussions between the top-flight and EFL chairman Rick Parry have intensified in recent weeks as the reality of starting the season behind closed doors bites.

1EFL chief Rick Parry has begged the Premier League to help clubs stay afloat with a £200m bailoutCredit: Rex Features

Parry has reminded the Premier League that playing without fans will cost the 72 EFL clubs around £20m per month.

Over the course of an entire season, that tally could add up to an astronomical £200m.

While the top-tier teams are open to helping out, SunSport revealed they are likely to demand stringent conditions over how the money is distributed and spent.

But there is a genuine fear that, without funds being made available soon, clubs could go bust “within weeks”.

The concerns come as Macclesfield, booted out of the EFL last month, were wound up at the High Court over debts of more than £500,000.

Judge Sebastian Prentis revealed the club owed £190,000 in tax during an Insolvency and Companies Court hearing.

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A former solicitor for ex-club boss John Askey and a financial lender were also told they were owed £173,000 apiece.

Sadly for the Silkmen, that took the club's debt to over half a million pounds as Covid-19 crippled the club.

All-in-all, Macclesfield are now £536,000 in debt.

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Quarantine rules delay Sri Lanka Premier League

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Sri Lanka's cricket Premier League tournament has been put off a second time due to strict quarantine rules for foreign players, the game's national governing body said Wednesday.

© Dibyangshu Sarkar Chris Gayle was among 30 foreigners available for the LPL, according to Sri Lanka Cricket

The 23-match Lanka Premier League (LPL), originally due to start in August, was rescheduled for November 14, but has now been delayed by one more week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said.

It said the shift was to "ensure that participating players have adequate time to meet quarantine requirements as per the government’s health regulations".

Sri Lanka's insistence on two weeks' quarantine for any visitor to the country forced the Bangladesh national team to call off its three-Test tour of the island due to start next month.

The Tests in October-November were meant to mark the two nations' return to international cricket after a months-long lockdown halted professional sports worldwide.

SLC said the auction of players for the LPL, which was due on Thursday, had also been postponed, to October 9.

Five teams -- named after the Sri Lankan cities of Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna -- are due to take part in the tournament.

SLC said 30 foreigners, including Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Darren Bravo, Shahid Afridi and Shakib Al Hasan, would be available for the LPL.

International cricket came to a halt in Sri Lanka on March 13. The visiting England team pulled out on the second day of a practice match ahead of their two-Test series as the coronavirus pandemic spread.

Since then, South Africa has also cancelled a scheduled tour of Sri Lanka.


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