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Forest Green Rovers go into 'hibernation' and furlough all staff

Forest Green Rovers have taken the decision to furlough all staff and use the Government's Coronavirus Support Scheme.

In a short announcement made on the club's website, the club confirmed that the club would be put into "hibernation" until football is ready to return to action.

The Premier League, English Football League and Women's Super League have made two joint announcements since the start of the Coronavirus Crisis.

All matches were originally postponed until April 3 and then subsequently April 30, with the intention of completing the 2019/20 season in full when life returns to normal.

Given the current impasse and that revenue from match tickets and concession sales are not coming in, the Nailsworth-based club have decided to furlough all staff.

The statement said: "Our staff have been unable to work since the shutdown, this decision recognises that and puts the club into hibernation, ready to return when football is again possible.

"We're also seeking government guidance about what we can do to support our casual staff.

"As a result, there will be minimal social updates on all of our channels until we're open and football is back.

"Stay safe, stay home and we'll speak soon."

Rovers are owned by Ecotricity founder and entrepreneur Dale Vince.

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