MORE than 150 football clubs have signed a solicitor’s letter sent to the sport’s governing body asking them to reconsider the decision to declare the season null and void.

Salisbury FC was not one of the clubs which put its name to the letter, with chairman Ian Hammond believing the decision was the correct one.

A statement from the Whites said: “Salisbury FC is aware of the correspondence from some clubs to the Football Association (FA) caused by the decision to completely cease the current playing season at our level, but the club would like to confirm that it has not been involved with that correspondence.

“We understand that a large number of other clubs have done so, the main concern seeming to be an apparent lack of consultation by the FA prior to the decision’s being taken.”

Chairman Ian Hammond believes the decision to halt the season was the correct one on health grounds.

He said “ The main concerns appear to be that the season has not been conclusive as far as promotion and relegation issues are concerned.

“Perhaps consideration could have been given to using a points-per-game method of determining an outcome, but that might not have given a fair reflection of every club’s particular circumstances, with differing numbers of games left to play for each.

“Even now, with the season over, there remains a good deal of uncertainty as to when the next will start, so from that point of view maybe the clean break will assist as there will not be outstanding matches to fit in before any new campaign commences.”

FA chairman Greg Clarke said this week that everyone must “step up and share the pain” inflicted on football by the coronavirus. pandemic

Clarke’s comments come as talks continue between Premier League and English Football League clubs and the players’ union the Professional Footballers’ Association over player wage deferrals and cuts.

The FA announced on Monday that its top earners were taking a 30 per cent pay cut, with other members of senior management taking a 15 per cent cut.

Clarke told the FA Council on Tuesday: “Football faces economic challenges beyond the wildest imagination of those who run it. The pandemic will be followed by its economic consequences and all business sectors will suffer.

“We face the danger of losing clubs and leagues as finances collapse. Many communities could lose the clubs at their heart with little chance of resurrection.

“In the face of this unprecedented adversity, all the stakeholders within the game from players, fans, clubs, owners and administrators need to step up and share the pain to keep the game alive.”