Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter has said the club will oppose any plans to start the National League season behind closed doors.

With the planned October start to the 2020/21 campaign seemingly not set to go ahead, Dover, like many clubs, are facing an extremely uncertain next few months. Dover were due to start their season at home to Notts County next Saturday.

Parmenter has said today: “While the government have communicated with the nation, there has been no direct engagement with football clubs by them, the FA or National League – we still do not know what the plans are. The board have been working hard to ensure the club stays viable, although this is another setback to our efforts, and inevitably, this will involve further consultation with our staff.

“Supporters can be assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure the survival of the club and we are taking every possible step to ensure we are ready for when fans are able to come back to the ground. At present , we do not know what the plans for the league season are, but we believe that the most likely outcome is a delay to the start of the fixtures.

“Unless funding is provided by the government, football behind closed doors is not sustainable at our level. We will oppose any attempt to start the season behind closed doors.”

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