CRISIS talks have led to the Premier League announcing they will be advancing £125million in relief for the EFL and National League.

Clubs throughout the pyramid are suffering under the financial strains after the season was suspended following the coronavirus outbreak.

Yesterday, Oxford United announced they were putting some staff into the government's furlough scheme.

Part of the problem is the lack of a clear timeframe for the stoppage - with the top men's and women's divisions simply agreeing to "postpone its football competitions until it is safe to resume".

That would seem to push back the previous return date, which was the end of this month, indefinitely.

The decision by the Premier League to release the payment has been welcomed, although at this stage it is unclear how it will be divided.

As with the £50m relief package brought in by the EFL last month, it appears to be money which was due to be paid at a later date, rather than fresh investment.

A statement read: "The EFL also notes and appreciates the decision taken today by the Premier League in respect of the short-term financial relief it is to provide EFL Clubs through the advancement of solidarity payments, parachute payments and Academy Grants.

"These actions will have a positive impact on individual Clubs across our three divisions at a difficult and uncertain time."