Dover Athletic have furloughed all players and staff and say the club are ‘unable to fulfill further National League fixtures until appropriate funding is made available’.

Chairman Jim Parmenter said last week that the club would ‘cease football operations’ if there was no imminent change to the funding situation for National League sides.

Parmenter has now confirmed in a statement: “We are operating in unprecedented times. We have to make difficult decisions.

“We wanted to leave the decision that has been made as long as possible before making this final announcement in the hope a support package may appear. Unfortunately, no support has been forthcoming, so it is with the deepest regret that the club must now furlough all staff and players and reduce operations to a bare minimum.

“All financial reserves have now been completely exhausted. For 15 years, I have run the club without debt and I do not intend to change that now.

“The club will be unable to fulfill further National League fixtures until appropriate funding is made available.”

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