Andros Townsend: Crystal Palace winger dissatisfied with treatment of footballers | Football News

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Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend said the footballers were “painted like bad guys” after Secretary of Health Matt Hancock joined calls to cut wages for Premier League stars.

The Professional Football Association has agreed that players must “share the financial burden” to lessen the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, in a letter seen by Sky Sports News, the union warned players against cutting wages or deferring wages until they see club finances.

Townsend, speaking on TalkSport, defended fellow footballers, saying, “Football tries to do a lot of good. Waking up yesterday and seeing footballers painted as bad guys was a bit of a surprise to be honest.

“I have never been so proud to be a footballer. Since this crisis began to see the work that players and clubs have done in the community. At the Palace, we helped the homeless, donated to local charities.

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Health secretary urged Premier League footballers to cut wages

Health secretary urged Premier League footballers to cut wages

“Individual players are thinking of ways they can help. I’m in a campaign, Football United, to raise funds for the emergency trust. Marcus Rashford has helped feed more than 400,000 schoolchildren in Manchester. “

Secretary of Health Hancock, who led the daily government briefing on Thursday after completing his period of self-isolation after being diagnosed with coronavirus, told the footballers to take a cut and “play their part”.

Townsend added, “The Secretary of Health, deflecting the blame on footballers, I don’t think it’s fair. Its work is the responsibility of NHS workers.

“He goes out and deviates on easy targets, footballers, and that doesn’t suit me.

“We have a responsibility but we give back to the community with good reason. We are in a very privileged position. The community does pay our wages.

“At a time like this, we have to give back. “

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Bryan Swanson of Sky reports Friday’s emergency meeting of all Premier League teams, which has player salaries high on the agenda

Bryan Swanson of Sky reports Friday’s emergency meeting of all Premier League teams, which has player salaries high on the agenda

The PFA intervened to criticize the delay in the collective action of the football clubs, but Townsend said: “We received a letter from the PFA two days ago which said until they had all the information clubs, so as not to be forced to accept anything. .

“What that means is until the clubs have shown them the financial details, until they know if the clubs can continue to pay non-playing staff, not to accept anything.

“If the players end up accepting a reduction or a deferral of wages and a few days later, the PFA discovers that these clubs can continue to pay the non-player staff and choose not to do so, so who benefits? “

“The NHS does not benefit, these heroes do not. If clubs can continue to pay them and choose not to pay, only the clubs benefit.

“The PFA is doing its job, it ensures that these clubs can continue to pay non-player staff before any decision. “



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