Liverpool puts non-player staff into partial unemployment

Andrew Cummings
April 6, 2020

City took a divergent move on Sunday, with a club spokesperson saying in a statement: "We can confirm, following a decision by the chairman and board last week, that Manchester City will not be utilising the UK Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (government funded furloughing)".

Several former Liverpool players, including German worldwide Dietmar Hamann, have also questioned the decision.

Liverpool announced on Saturday that it will place part of its non-player staff on short work due.

"Liverpool FC has placed some staff who are impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough", the European champions said in a statement.

"The club have confirmed those staff will be paid 100 per cent of their salaries to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged", the statement read.

"During this crisis, many workers have lost or will lose their livelihoods". When it began, SOS contacted LFC to seek assurances that all non-playing staff would be guaranteed to receive 100% wages.

"The fact of the matter is if we don't finish this season and there isn't a clear start date for next season we as a club will run out of money by August, that's a fact", Garlick told Sky Sports. This was and continues to be our priority. We can all agree this is wrong, but again for Spirit of Shankly the prerogative is protecting jobs.

Tottenham and Liverpool - who together made more than £150m profit according to their most recent accounts - have come in for particular criticism for their decision to furlough staff.

'Our belief is that no million-pound plus profit-making organisation should be relying on tax-payer subsidies in times of crises, yet football as a money-making industry has been singled out.

'It is an easy target for the authorities. We are contacting the club now and asking them to explain their position and reasoning. We will report back as soon as we hear back. "Contrary to the morals and values of the club I got to know". It has also requested details on how Liverpool reached their decision, who was involved in implementing it, if other solutions were considered and how much using the scheme will cost the taxpayer.

Premier League players are in discussions over a 30% pay cut to their salaries, with the league suspended indefinitely, but Danny Rose, on loan to Newcastle from Spurs, said he didn't appreciate those outside of football weighing in on how those cuts would happen.

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