Premier League players agree to 'play their part', says PFA chief executive

Ruben Hill
April 8, 2020

Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor has donated £500,000 to the Charitable Fund established by Premier League players for the NHS and those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at a meeting of the FA council on Tuesday, Clarke said the consequences of COVID-19 would strike clubs at all levels, from the Premier League to grassroots, and urged those with the wherewithal to "contribute".

The financial implications of football's suspension has already led to several clubs taking action, with Tottenham, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Norwich and Liverpool announcing plans to furlough non-playing staff - though the latter has since reversed the decision amid much criticism.

"We must have a plan to ensure that English football is not decimated should this season be lost and next season blighted", continued Clarke.

"Ultimately, the very heavy losses that we face will have to be dealt with or else clubs or other enterprises who depend on football for income will go out of business".

The English football association the FA is afraid that the clubs and even whole leagues, will go falling over due to the coronacrisis.

Masters said the Premier League faces losses of at least 1 billion pounds ($1.2 billion) if the season can not be completed.

On Monday, England men's manager Gareth Southgate and women's boss Phil Neville said they would take a 30% pay cut.

In a searing statement, he warned: "Football faces economic challenges beyond the wildest imagination of those who run it".

"Many communities could lose the clubs at their heart with little chance of resurrection", Clarke conceded. "In the face of this unprecedented adversity, all the stakeholders within the game from players, fans, clubs, owners and administrators need to step up and share the pain to keep the game alive".

Sky TV and BT Sport are now in talks with the league, but Sky last night confirmed that no decisions had yet been taken on finances, and a spokesman said: "We are working closely with the Premier League so we understand what they are trying to do".

Under the scheme implemented to help businesses survive the national lockdown, staff can be put on furlough and receive 80% of their salaries from the government, up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) a month.

Acknowledging that it was a mistake, Moore said: "We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we meant to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that".

Tottenham has come under pressure from fans to follow Liverpool in reversing its decision to use public money to pay employees.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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