Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter hopes the government and professional football authorities will offer support now the National League has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Parmenter, who is on the National League board, was in favour of matches in the fifth-tier and sixth-tier of English football going ahead on Saturday.

That was despite the Premier League, Football League and Isthmian League suspending matches last week.

But on Monday, the National League followed the stance set by the Premier League and the Football League, and suspended all games in the league until April 3 at the earliest.

League bosses thought they would be covered for potential loss of vital matchday revenue.

But Parmenter, speaking ahead of Whites’ 1-1 draw with Chesterfield at the weekend, explained: “There are insurances.

“There is business interruption insurance and other insurances.

“The problem with the coronavirus is that it’s not what is described by the insurance companies as ‘a notifiable disease’.

“It’s a new disease, therefore it’s not prescribed in the insurance policies, and therefore, it’s not covered.”

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