AFC Telford United chairman Andy Pryce has urged the government to reclassify National League North as ‘recreational’ sport and allow supporters to return, report the Shropshire Star.

The Bucks and other clubs in the division were dealt a huge blow after plans to reopen turnstiles from next month were scrapped, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning matches may have to be played behind closed doors for another six months.

National League bosses are expected to decide on Thursday whether to delay the start of a season, which was scheduled for October 3 in order to coincide with the planned return of supporters.

Pryce believes the Bucks and others are being harmed by the government’s decision to class the second tier of non-league as ‘elite’ level sport, meaning they must follow the same guidelines as Premier League clubs like Wolves, Villa and West Brom, despite the vast gulf in revenue.

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