ISTHMIAN League chairman Nick Robinson admits he is 'very disappointed' at BetVictor's decision to terminate their sponsorship with the league.

The independent bookmakers have announced they will cease sponsorship of the Isthmian League this summer, along with the Northern Premier League and the Southern Football League after activating the break clause in each of their contracts.

Isthmian League chairman Robinson stated: "We are very disappointed that this decision was made as it means that we are not able to develop the relationship with the sponsor.

"We are actively looking for a new sponsor, but are apprehensive at this time due to the general economic downturn due to Covid-19.

"We believe we have a good and marketable product which has attracted sponsors for nearly 40 years, and we hope will continue to do so once we are able to restart the League.”

The sponsorship will cease on July 9 with the three leagues required to keep the information confidential, with the decision made prior to the coronavirus crisis.

A letter sent to each of the Isthmian clubs read: 'BetVictor have terminated the sponsorship for a number of reasons, but mainly due to the fact that the increasing compliance restrictions and challenges faced in their first seven months outweighed the benefits they were drawing from the sponsorship.

'However, the escalating negativity towards betting in football did not help, nor did – most disappointingly - compliance breaches by clubs in and outside of the Isthmian League.

'Although the search for a new sponsor has began, the Covid-19 crisis makes it very difficult to engage meaningfully with potential replacements.

'So, as of now, the Leagues operating at Step Three and Four have no main sponsor for season 2020/21.'