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Statement from our CEO

An update from Joe Palmer

20 March 2020

Many of you will have seen the news yesterday from the EFL, stating that they have joined the Premier League, The FA and the PFA in postponing matches until 30 April.

Whilst this is disappointing, it is hardly surprising given the situation we all face with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Many of you will also be concerned to understand the impact that this situation will have on the club’s finances. Obviously, a lot depends on whether this season’s remaining fixtures are eventually fulfilled, as undoubtedly we will miss out on revenue if they aren’t played out. However, the club is confident that, even if the remaining fixtures in the 2019/2020 season are not fulfilled, the impact on the club’s short term liquidity will be manageable. Further planning is underway, to assess the impact of disruptions continuing beyond the current season.

For the time being, the stadium build is still pressing ahead and Buckingham’s are determined to continue with construction. However, as the Covid-19 situation develops, we cannot rule out the possibility that this will cause delays to our current scheduled completion date. We will keep you updated.

The overriding priority is that our staff, players and fans keep safe, stay healthy and follow the government guidance on doing so. If any of you need support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the newly launched Dons Local Action Group, an inspiring group of fans who have joined forces with the AFC Wimbledon Foundation to help stranded individuals and families across Merton. See our previous article for more on this.

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