Concord Rangers chairman Antony Smith has said that the club are unwilling to pursue the proposed loan option from the National League to continue the season.

Member clubs were given the option in yesterday’s meeting of applying for a government loan, the National League taking on the loan (to be shared as grants between clubs, but with impact on future central distributions), or suspending the current season.

Smith, long-time chairman of National League South Concord Rangers, has said in response:

“I have chaired our club now for just over 20 years, and during that time, we have never borrowed a penny and we would certainly not be looking to start now. What would happen if the league loan option was taken but we did not want the funding?

“My personal belief is that if we cannot get the DCMS decision overturned, then the season should be suspended, and a decision made on null and void or PPG (points per game). I think that you have missed the biggest option – that if you were to suspend the league and get the backing of The FA, EFL and Premier League, you could reverse their decision.

“Myself and Marc (White, Dorking Wanderers chairman/manager) showed with our ‘let fans in’ campaign how the power of social media and the backing of many can get the government to sit up and listen!”

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