Football could be played without spectators for the entirety of next season under plans by sport’s authorities.
Already there are fears there will be no spectators allowed into any major sporting events up until Christmas owing to the current coronavirus crisis.
But according to the Times this may be extended until May if the government is dependent on easing lockdown on mass gatherings through gaining a vaccine.
That means football’s top four divisions could join other sports and music festivals in falling foul of a hardline stance by the government.
The wait for a vaccine on the deadly virus could take up to a year, although Oxford scientists have already started human trials and hope to know within six weeks if it is likely to work.
Matches played behind closed doors would be a disaster for clubs throughout the football pyramid, especially for teams below the Premier League who rely heavily on the income from supporters attending matches.
There are fears that across the 91 Football League clubs that the total income lost would exceed £1billion and the highly concerning numbers are being looked at by the FA as they try to mitigate the damage.