Premier League clubs face 30 percent wage cuts as season suspended indefinitely

Tanya Simon
April 3, 2020

At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed in detail how to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Sky News reported that senior figures wanted the Premier League's 20 clubs to agree to a blanket wage cut of up to 25% at a meeting to be held by video conference on Friday.

"Given the sacrifices people are making, including some of my colleagues in the NHS, who have made the ultimate sacrifice and gone into work and caught the disease and have sadly died, I think the first thing Premier League footballers can do is make a contribution; take a pay cut and play their part", he said at the daily government briefing.

Townsend said he agreed with the PFA's stance that clubs should continue to pay non-playing staff without furloughing if they can afford to do so.

This comes a day after Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock called on the Premier League players to play their part in extending a helping hand.

"It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May - and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so", the league announced.

In the weeks since, the outbreak has all but shut down many countries throughout the world, with football only still being played in a handful of leagues, and it will keep the Premier League postponed until further notice as it has become clear that the initial target would not be realistic.

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The statement went on: "Discussions also took place regarding financial relief for clubs in the short term and while there is no single solution, measures are to be put in place to immediately deal with the impact of falling cash flow".

The money for clubs in tiers two to six of the English game was agreed, the statement said, because of "the severe difficulties clubs throughout the football pyramid are suffering".

"If the Premier League isn't going to act to resolve this crisis then the Government must step in by imposing a significant financial penalty on clubs to reimburse those hit hardest in the pocket".

'He is coming out and deflecting on to the easy targets, the footballers, and that doesn't sit right with me. "At a time like this we need to give back".

Many Premier League clubs are also working closely with their local NHS Trusts to provide valuable support through the provision of resources, volunteers and facilities.

Players at a number of top continental clubs, including Italian and Spanish heavyweights Juventus and Barcelona, have agreed temporary pay cuts.

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