Financial loss

Coronavirus costly for European teams

The analysis by the European Club Association also warned that the biggest losses would be felt next season, even if it is played in full.

European football was brought to a near standstill in March and, although many leagues restarted last month, most had to do so without spectators. This was a particular blow in smaller leagues where clubs are more dependent on gate receipts for their income.

NZ Rugby confirms Sevens makes first financial loss

A review of the January tournament is still being carried out, but in all likelihood it will be moved to another city or New Zealand may be dropped from the international sevens circuit altogether.

Organisers struggled to sell a third of the tickets for the tournament this year and while he wouldn't reveal the size of the loss, the chief executive of New Zealand Rugby Steve Tew says it has led to a sobering re-think about the tournament's future.