FOOTBALL chiefs say unused food from matchday hospitality will be donated to homeless charities.

Brighton and Hove Albion’s home match at the Amex Stadium was cancelled over coronavirus.

The Gunners’ manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the disease, prompting action from the Premier League to suspend all matches.

Now Albion has said all food from hospitality lounges and retail kiosks will be donated to the city’s homeless.

The club said it is also paying all match day staff for games until the end of the season, regardless of whether they go ahead.

Meanwhile season ticket holders can get ten per cent off at the club’s store at Churchill Square and online.

Speaking on BBC Football Focus Mr Barber said: "The food we ordered for today’s game was going to be wasted. It made absolute sense to get that food to the people who most need it, and we are delighted to be able to help in that way.

"Our match day staff are often the lowest paid, but also the most important, as without them we couldn’t put matches on, so it seemed the right thing to do.

"They shouldn’t suffer as they are important members of staff and the community."

The decisions have been widely praised, in particular from BBC Football Focus presenter Dan Walker who said it was a “brilliant” gesture by Albion.

In a statement the club said: “Brighton and Hove Albion have donated food purchased for the hospitality lounges and retail kiosks for the match against Arsenal, originally scheduled for Saturday, to the city’s homeless community.

“The move comes after Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas called on communities not to forget food banks and homeless charities during the coronavirus crisis, instead of panic buying.

“The club has donated all surplus fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and sandwiches to Sussex Homeless Support.

“A team from the organisation will be collecting the food from the American Express Community Stadium.

“It will then be used to serve and provide food across various night shelters and soup kitchens in and around the Brighton and Hove area.

“Sussex Homeless Support also supply foodbanks and provide a service to vulnerable people such as the elderly who may be isolated in their homes.”