Coronavirus impact: English players' union seeks urgent talks to protect salaries

Ruben Hill
March 26, 2020

National League chief executive Michael Tattersall said: "The National League is also working with the FA to define all reasonable and practical options for the determination of the 2019-20 season, and to provide guidance to clubs on dealing with player contracts, player registrations and the application of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme".

But even the top of the game and the cash-rich Premier League is not immune to the crisis facing football because of the virus.

English Championship team Birmingham have asked those earning more than £6,000-a-week to accept a 50 per cent pay cut for the next four months - but it will then be paid back.

World governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association has established a working group to look at temporary dispensations and amendments to standard June 30 contracts, in the expectation that many leagues will need to play on well beyond that date in order to complete the 2019-20 season.

"We want to fall in line with the EFL and the Premier League".

The National League came in for fierce criticism ten days ago when they played on for a final weekend after the rest of football had shut down.

According to BBC Sport, the PFA has called a meeting with the Premier League and EFL to discuss the financial ramifications of the coronavirus.

"As with other industries, the. crisis is having a severe impact on the finances of the game", the PFA said.

The second would be to decide all matters on how the tables stand now, which would mean Norwich, Bournemouth and Aston Villa being relegated from the Premier League and replaced by Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and third-placed Fulham.

Voiding the National League season in its entirety could lead to further complications as the EFL is now one club short of 72 following the expulsion of Bury.

Players at Bayern Munich and other German clubs have reportedly agreed to take pay cuts.

An FA spokesman said: "We remain in regular dialogue and consultation with all stakeholders regarding next steps across the National League Pyramid".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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