YORK City have confirmed that they have placed their staff and players on furlough until further notice.

In a statement released yesterday, York said that they had decided to "close the club for the foreseeable future" amid the financial impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has prevented professional sport around the country from taking place.

Earlier this week, the National League confirmed that matches in its three divisions had been suspended indefinitely - having previously suspended action until April 3 - and it is unclear when action on the field will resume.

In a statement on their club website, York City said: "The sudden onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, uncertainty around the conclusion to the 2019/2020 league and our inability to make plans with any real certainty, has had an immediate, unforeseen financial impact on the club.

"In line with the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, club staff and players have been placed on furlough until further notice.

"The chairman, who has personally supported the club financially since 2006, paid all wages in full to this point and will ensure that all staff receive 80 per cent of their wage during their time on furlough, irrespective of the government scheme’s upper limit."

York chairman Jason McGill added in a short statement: “This virus and the current crisis that surrounds us all, is bigger than the club and bigger than football.

“So, for now, we urge supporters to take this time to focus on their health and that of their family and friends.

“From everyone at the club, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you again soon.”