Liverpool have come in for much criticism after becoming the last Premier League club to take advantage of the government’s retention program, which was put in place to pay workers unable to work due to the coronavirus crisis.
The program, which is also used by Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich, means that non-player staff will receive 80% of their salary from the government up to a maximum of £ 2,500 per month.
But Premier League clubs have been criticized for using a program designed for businesses in difficulty due to the impact of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
And Murphy joined his former Liverpool club, which posted a pre-tax profit of £ 42 million in February and increased its turnover to £ 533 million in 2018/19.
“This is preposterous because it has not been shown to Premier League clubs that have more than enough money to care for their own,” said Murphy in his Mail on Sunday column.
“I am particularly disappointed with Liverpool’s decision yesterday as it goes against the unity and unity for which the club has always been renowned, especially in the past 30 years since Hillsborough. “
Former midfielder Murphy is confident that multi-millionaire Premier League footballers will do their part to provide financial assistance in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.
The league has urged its stars to cut wages by 30% – and Murphy said before accepting that players should insist that the money generated will go to the right places.
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“I don’t think the players would object to the principle, but they deserve to know first what their money would be used for,” said Murphy.
“We are talking about large sums, millions of pounds. Whether it went to the front line NHS or to charities is one thing. If it remained in the pockets of clubs, it is another. “
He added, “From my experience, footballers step in when the need arises and I’m not surprised that Jordan Henderson and other Premier League captains have looked for ways to use their financial power to help the NHS and charitable organizations. “