"The loss of audience revenue, sponsorship revenue and other revenue during the pandemic has meant that many associations are currently in a very strained situation.

Sport is very important for the people of Umeå, not least for our children and young people.

Therefore, the municipal board has decided to increase the sponsorship support for 2022 by SEK 5 million," says Hans Lindberg (S), chairman of the municipal board in Umeå municipality, in a press release.

The announcement comes four days after women's league club Umeå IK raised the alarm about a financial crisis and the risk of bankruptcy.

It is unclear how much of the revised support will go to the football club.

- If we don't get money, there is a risk that we will have to shut down, said Umeå IK chairman Krister Ruth at a press conference on Thursday.

Last Saturday, Allsvenskan hockey club Björklöven announced that it wants to help its city colleagues UIK by donating a certain part of its ticket revenue.