Wenger: Recession will hit football

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned “football will suffer” because of the global financial crisis.

The Premier League’s current domestic television deals will expire at the end of the 2009-10 season and Wenger fears broadcasters may be unwilling to invest as heavily in sport in the future as they have over recent years.

Wenger told the Official Arsenal Magazine, according to the 'Daily Mirror': “Why should the Premier League be untouchable?

“The recession means fans will have less money, the television companies will have less advertising revenue and that means that football will suffer.

“The next television deal could be lower, it depends how much they are touched by it.”

Wenger also believes supporters may have to bail out the professional game if clubs find themselves deep in financial trouble.

The Frenchman has observed banks across the world struggling for survival, with many requiring state assistance.

“Who pays for it? the taxpayers,” said Wenger.

“So football could go the same way – the fans could end up paying.”

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