The British government announced a £300 million (S$534.5 million) "winter survival package" on Thursday (Nov 19) to help sport through the Covid-19 pandemic, with rugby set for the biggest share but nothing for top-level football and cricket.
Preliminary allocations by sport, based on needs assessment, saw rugby union top the list with up to £135 million.
Premiership rugby clubs, who had warned of bankruptcies without state aid, accounted for £59 million and the national Rugby Football Union £44 million.
"Sports clubs are the beating hearts of their communities and this £300 million boost will help them survive this hard winter period", said Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture and Sport.
"We welcome the announcement of a United Kingdom government support scheme for sports impacted by the loss of spectators during the pandemic, and will seek urgent clarification on the Barnett consequential funding as a result in order to support the sector in Scotland".
Football will receive 28 million pounds, with 3 million pounds for the Women's Super League and second division Championship, and the rest going to men's teams outside of the four professional divisions.
"Britain is a sports powerhouse, and this Government will do everything we can to help our precious sports and clubs make it through Covid-19".
Both rugby codes and horse racing are among the beneficiaries but clubs in the football league and Premier League have missed out on funding.
The rescue package comes after rugby league received £16 million ($21 million/€18 million) in emergency loans in May and the Government pledged to provide £100 million (£132 million/€111 million) to support council-run leisure centres last month.
"We will continue to work with Government on the detailed follow up discussions to find the appropriate balance between loans and grants for the different areas of the game and the models for review and distribution".
Nigel Huddleston, Sports Minister, commented: "Over the past few weeks we have worked tirelessly with sport governing bodies and clubs across the country to fully assess what support is needed, as a result of the decision to postpone the return of fans".
"We know the vast majority of sports - many of which operate on tight financial margins - have been making serious cost reductions, such as locking down grounds, taking up the furlough scheme for many staff and halting excess payments". "The role they play in their local communities is vital and this package of support from government will be hugely welcomed".
Finally, the remaining sum will be shared out among owners of motorsport circuits (£6 million), the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and England Netball (£2 million).
Other sports to benefit include netball (£4m), basketball (£4m), ice hockey (£4m) and badminton (£2m).