Premier League players reject 30 percent pay cut as standoff continues

Ross Houston
April 5, 2020

"Every Premier League owner has serious cash, and make money from skyrocketing values of clubs, so what aren't you getting about YOUR owners dipping into THEIR pocket?" It is believed that Champions League spots would be chosen according to last season's Premier League table.

Burnley could lose up to 50 million pounds ($61.30 million) in revenue if the Premier League season is not completed due the coronavirus outbreak, with the club adding on Saturday that other top-flight clubs could miss out on double that amount.

"We also fully agree with the principle that any return to action will only be with the full backing of Government and when medical guidance allows".

For the big names and lesser lights nominated by their team-mates to be on this player conference call to discuss Premier League finances, the reading was not easy and neither was the request that came with it.

An EFL statement added: "These actions will have a positive impact on individual clubs across our three divisions at a hard and uncertain time".

The PFA added: "The EFL money is an advance".

Collymore was even more forthright, tweeting: "I don't know of any Liverpool fan of any standing that won't be anything other than disgusted at the club for furloughing staff".

"Going forward, we are working together to find a solution which will be continually reviewed in order to assess the circumstance of the COVID-19 crisis".

A video meeting between the Premier League, its players, representatives and the Professional Footballers' Association took place in an effort to resolve the situation surrounding wages following high profile criticism of the league's earning power.

Liverpool said those who are furloughed will still receive 100% of their salaries, with the club topping up their pay "to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged".

The PA news agency understands that equates to around 200 staff, whose work is effectively idle during the Premier League suspension.

The issue of footballers' pay has become a fractious one during the crisis, with many calling on players to take a hit across the board to ensure others within their clubs do not suffer, or to make sure wealthy clubs and owners do not have recourse to government funds which many feel would be better used elsewhere.

It follows similar moves by Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich to take advantage of the scheme, under which employers can claim for 80% of furloughed employees' wages.

"(Manager) Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in @premierleague players taking wage cuts.

"I am sure we will do the right thing through the PFA for the players, the LMA who look after the managers, the Premier League, EFL and FA, they will always do the right thing".

Danny Rose declaring: 'I can only speak for myself but I would have no problems whatsoever contributing any of my [Newcastle United] wages to people who are fighting this on the front line and to people who have been affected by what's happening at the minute'.

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