Few Premier League players will have to be told to play their part in fighting the financial effects of the coronavirus.
Many of them are high earners who should definitely contribute, but I’m sure the vast majority have always been willing to help, if they haven’t already.
The biggest question for them will be “how?” “
Their options include taking a pay cut, postponing their salary, or giving their money – but they probably don’t know which option will have the most impact as they want, whether it be taking care of their own club staff, helping to fund the NHS or making donations to charities.
It’s an incredibly complicated situation, so I think it’s only fair that top players get advice and take their time deciding what to do next.
Players are right to ask questions
The Premier League has proposed a 30% universal pay cut for all players, but where exactly would that money go? Would this harm the NHS by reducing government tax revenues, as claimed by the Professional Footballers ‘Association?
Of course, players have the right to ask these kinds of questions, because not only will they want to do the right thing, but they will also want their money to be used in the best possible way.
You must also remember that their wages will vary enormously, in the single top flight.
Not all Premier League players are multimillionaires, but they are generalized – and, in some places, criticized – as a single group, whether they are superstars or not.
From my own experience, however, everyone will want to do their part, regardless of their circumstances.
I’m sure over the next few days and weeks we’ll see Premier League players donate millions of pounds wherever they see fit.
We’ve seen several of them do this before, of course – Marcus Rashford and David de Gea have been involved with charities at home and abroad, and Jordan Henderson has created a fund for the NHS.
But just because you haven’t read it on social media doesn’t mean more people are not doing the same things.
Right to leave for certain clubs, but not for others
It’s a tough time for everyone – but across the country, and in all leagues at all levels, I’m proud to see that football plays its role in different ways.
This does not surprise me because it has always been the case.
The game is an easy target because of the amount of money involved, but great work is being done by players, managers and clubs in their local communities and beyond, which is often invisible.
It is therefore a shame to see some Premier League clubs putting staff on leave when it seems avoidable.
The program was not set up to help companies that have made millions of pounds in recent years. It was intended for small businesses that could go bankrupt and whose staff may not have had jobs to return to elsewhere.
Liverpool have already overturned their decision this weekend to leave staff non-player, but there are other Premier League clubs who are not doing too well with the decision they have made and, until present, stayed with.
What is good for Norwich, or the clubs further down the pyramid that will struggle to survive this crisis, is not necessarily good for the so-called big clubs.
Despite this, many clubs are doing great things in their local communities right now and they should be applauded for it.
In addition to this, we have seen the Premier League promise to advance £ 125 million to the English Football League and the National League and donate £ 20 million to the NHS.
The future of football is uncertain
One thing that seems certain is that it has changed the whole football landscape, in terms of salaries and future transfer fees.
I hope that doesn’t mean that we will see some clubs going to the wall. The advance of the Premier League will hopefully help the lower leagues survive this unprecedented period – but at the moment no one knows when we can start playing again.
Football doesn’t seem to matter at the moment, but at the same time, we all look forward to the day when it resumes. It will be a sign that life is returning to normal.
When that happens, I hope we can finish this season. The Premier League has said it will explore all possible angles to try to end the campaign and will only consider other options as a last resort, which at this point is the right thing to do.
I think everyone is trying to be as determined as possible to finish the season at some point, be it June, July or August. I hope that will happen, even if it affects the start of next season.
However, we have to wait until it is safe. And no one has any choice but to sit there and wait, because we’re just guessing when it could happen.
Alan Shearer was talking to Chris Bevan of BBC Sport.