Premier League chiefs to discuss player pay cuts due to coronavirus

Tanya Simon
March 26, 2020

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.

Premier League stars are expecting to be asked to defer their pay because of the coronavirus.

While some clubs believe the final standings should be decided on a points per game average, others want the season to be declared null and void.

The decision would have a knock-on effect for the EFL and Premier League, who have both said that they are committed to completing the current campaign.

The Premier League was suspended on March 13 after both Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the illness, followed by the rest of the English footballing pyramid in the subsequent days.

One leading agent told Mirror Sport: "The Premier League players will probably accept it as their club is no different in being affected by this but the worry among EFL players will be is if they defer then they may not see the money at all".

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Barrow manager Ian Evatt, whose side are top of the National League and set for a return to League football after 49 years, said that if his side were denied promotion: "I don't think the club would recover".

"If that was the case, my board of directors would look at their investment in the club. From our perspective, the interest of fairness would be for us to be promoted".

"In an ideal world we would be playing in front of crowds".

After a series of meetings between the FA and non-league representatives failed to reach a consensus, the Northern League, Southern League and London-based Isthmian Leagues last night issued a joint statement confirming they had begun the formal process of terminating the season, while expressing "frustration" at the continued delay.

The Essex Senior League also said that a decision has yet to be communicated as to how best to end the season.

The union is also part of discussions at worldwide level regarding contracts and the resumption of league action.

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