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Promotion crucial for Seagulls

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Securing promotion is particularly important for Brighton and Hove Albion this season otherwise they may fall foul of financial fair play rules.   Championship clubs are allowed to lose £39m over three seasons, but the Seagulls made a £25.9m loss in 2015-16.    The allowance is much more generous for Premier League Clubs or even for yo-yo clubs, plus revenues in the top flight are so much higher.

The Seagulls have also been hit by the prolonged Southern Trains dispute which they estimate has cost them half a million pounds in lost revenues and extra costs.   One reason they chose their stadium site was because it was next to a station.