By Ben Dinnery

30th Jun, 2022 | 10:32am

Expert: Burnley now have 'huge financial burden' as legal appeal on the cards

It is a huge financial burden” to run a Category One academy and Burnley should be cut some slack given their circumstances.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

As relayed by Training Ground Guru last Tuesday (21 June), Burnley are set to lose their Category One status.

The youth set-up failed to pass an inspection from the Professional Game Board and have now had their license revoked.

It is understood that the Clarets have submitted a letter of mitigation citing Covid for the shortcomings highlighted by auditors earlier this year.

The Championship club believe that they have grounds for an official legal appeal.

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Dinnery argues that the pandemic and the financial issues caused by relegation from the top flight in 2021-22 should be taken into consideration in Burnley’s case.

“This audit will be all-encompassing,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“It will be everything from staffing to coaching to the training ground to player welfare. You have to consider everything in this environment.

“To say it was impacted by Covid, that is a mitigating factor. To run a Category One academy comes with a huge financial burden.

“They have had to factor in the pandemic and also relegation. Of course, that is going to filter down. They have outlined several mitigating factors and supplied supporting evidence in the form of official documentation.

“They have decided to downgrade them but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Things can change. They need to do the necessary work to make sure they are hitting those levels and return to Category One.

“It’s not a short-term fix but it’s also not a devastating blow.”

In other news, Burnley complete signing of Luke McNally from Oxford United.