Maidstone United chief executive Bill Williams has described the shutdown of domestic football as ‘unprecedented’ in his six decades in the game.

The club, who have been trying to mount a successful promotion bid in their first season back in the National League South, released a statement following yesterday’s announcement that the National League is to be suspended until at least 3rd April. Williams said: “In my 60 years in football, this is unprecedented. I imagine there has been a lot of soul-searching at the FA and National League HQ as to what to do for the best.

“Coronavirus is already having an impact on our day-to-day lives, and in my opinion, it was inevitable that the league would follow the example of the Premier League, EFL and others in bringing a halt to fixtures. While the true cost of this virus will be measured in the lives it impacts and takes, it’s clear that it will also be costly to the sporting industry and its supply chain.

“As a club, we have been following government and Public Health England guidance to keep everybody who works, plays, learns, trains or watches at the Gallagher Stadium as safe as possible. I am also working with Terry and Oliver on the various scenarios that could come our way in the days and weeks ahead and putting plans in place to mitigate those wherever possible.

“Clearly we are facing a significant revenue shortfall and will be reassessing all of our options. We hope we can count on your continued understanding and support in these exceptional times.

“Please be assured we are doing all we can at this time and will do our best to keep everyone informed as to what’s going on.”

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