Football experts are considering legal action against their employer, BT Sport, as the loss of wages dispute threatens to turn sour.
Sportsmail previously revealed that some of the most prominent talents in the chain – including Robbie Savage, Rio Ferdinand and Jermaine Jenas – are in danger of being out of pocket due to schedule disruption due to the coronavirus crisis.
Talks to resolve the problem have been going on for 10 days and an offer to settle has been made – but sources for the expert team say no agreement is in sight.
Several football experts consider legal action against their employers BT Sport
Coronavirus season disruption will limit Rio Ferdinand’s screen time
Indeed, it is understood that a number of those most affected by the cuts have sought legal advice for the next stage of the talks.
Many experts – former players of international renown – have prorated contracts and risk not being paid for the rest of their contracts because there are no live matches.
Under normal circumstances, they would generally be paid in full at the end of the season, even if they do not respect the number of appearances allocated to them, provided that they are available to appear.
But BT Sport has informed the experts that they do not intend to do the same this year, due to the truncated live schedule.
Robbie Savage is one of the top talent in the chain who may lose their pocket
Jermaine Jenas is another expert who could go without pay if the number of live matches is limited
With Premier League officials determined to restart the season, resuming live broadcasts would be an opportunity to earn more. But even if the action comes back, it risks being crowded into a condensed period, which can have an impact on the number of live shows.
The network has launched additional programming, including the Early Kick Off program which aired on Saturday, while experts have been filming from their homes in recent days.
The channel could even consider devising a football-specific summer program that could offer its group of experts the possibility of making up for any financial deficit.
Meanwhile, Juan Mata urged footballers around the world to unite in the fight against the virus.
Mata, co-founder of the Common Goal charity initiative, announced on Wednesday the creation of a Covid-19 response fund to help vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic.
Juan Mata urged footballers around the world to unite in the fight against the virus
The common goal indicates that the fund will be used to tackle immediate effects and support people in stride.
The Manchester United midfielder said: “It has been encouraging to see many positive responses from players and other football leaders to the crisis, but it can also be difficult to know what to do to effectively help those who do. need it the most.
“We are undergoing a brutal reminder of the interdependence of all.
“To overcome the coronavirus, we need to coordinate individual efforts and work together as a team. Together, we can beat this. “