Aston Villa stand to lose £37million if the Premier League season is not completed, Football Insider can reveal.
Richard Masters, the Premier League chief executive, has warned the coronavirus pandemic could cost top-flight clubs £1billion should the campaign end prematurely.
The possibility of no more home matches at Villa Park would put a further big dent in Villa’s already precarious finances.
Analysis by Football Insider has shown that Villa would lose around £37m from the combination of loss of revenue they would otherwise expected to have secured from broadcasting, matchday and commercial sources.
This would come from £4m from their remaining home matches, £29m of TV cash based on their current league position and a potential £4m from commercial and merchandising.
Villa have announced they made a £69m loss last season when winning promotion from the Championship.
That loss would have been much greater, and possibly breached the limits of the EFL’s financial “profit and sustainability” regulations, if the new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens had not bought Villa Park for £56.7m via another of their companies.
Villa are in a far better financial position following their return to the Premier League.
The potential termination of the season would not affect them as badly as teams at the top of the table like Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and the Manchester clubs.
The Premier League has been suspended for a month and pushed back indefinitely as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc to the football calendar.
Top-flight clubs are assessing various options to complete the season, including recommencing in the second or third week of June, playing matches behind closed doors and at neutral venues.
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