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According to reports, Arsenal have found a way to give Sutton United £50,000 despite FA rules.
The donation will be used to help build the non-league club build new classrooms – after FA rules barred the Gunners handing the non-league side their share of the gate receipts.
Arsenal had hoped to hand their share of the £100,000-plus gate receipts to Sutton, whose annual salary of £700,000 pales compared to the Gunners’ turnover.
Sutton United manager, Paul Boswell, has confirmed the donation of £50,000 to help them build classrooms.
“The reality is that Arsenal have been superb all the way through this,” Doswell told the Evening Standard. “We think they’re going to help us with the classroom, that’s what we’re trying.
“It’s going to go into the community fund and they’ve promised us £50,000 and that will buy two classrooms.
“That is an amazing gesture from them and one we’re very thankful for.”
Boswell added: In total, Sutton have earned around £1m from their cup run. “The money will be spent on 100 children, 16-18, on site,” Doswell added. “We’ll buy new dressing rooms, new classrooms, all the toilets [will be fixed].
“Everything you could want your house to look like, we’ll get it in order. It won’t be spent on players.”