Premier League clubs postpone corporate box refunds despite ongoing bans for supporters attending matches – some offering an additional year of contract instead
- Premier League clubs have postponed reimbursing hospitality customers
- Pandemic has seen almost all matches played behind closed doors since June
- Business match-goers are a lucrative source of income for top fanatics
Premier League clubs have delayed reimbursing hospitality customers despite the ban on supporters from attending matches.
Company match-goers are a lucrative source of income for top teams, but the pandemic has meant that virtually all matches have been played behind closed doors since June.
Most clubs would have offered refunds to their catering customers. However, Sportsmail understand that there are some instances in the Premier League where no compensation has been received.
Premier League clubs have delayed refunds to hospitality customers despite the ban on supporters
It’s clear that one club has even been threatened with legal action over the issue, sparking anger among corporate clients – especially those whose multi-year deals with clubs expire at the end of the season.
Some clubs are offering an extra year in lieu of refunds amid growing hopes that stadiums will be full next season. However, some companies prefer their money back.
Sportsmail revealed in January that the FA would not bill customers for their plush Wembley boxes, even if spectators were allowed to enter the stadiums again this season.
The boxes are worth huge sums to the governing body, but it has been decided not to ask for payment despite the losses that it would entail.
The FA is acknowledging that their commercial and sponsoring partners, many of whom have suites at Wembley, have seen limited returns on their deals during the pandemic.
Due to the pandemic, almost all games have been played behind closed doors since June