Premier League clubs have all agreed to discuss the possibility of their players cutting wages or postponing up to 30% after their last round of negotiations on Friday.
The first flight also voted to advance payment of £ 125 million from the EFL and the National League as they continue to fight the effects of the coronavirus.
And it has also been agreed that the Premier League will donate £ 20 million to the NHS, local communities, families and groups who have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Premier League clubs made big calls at crunch videoconference meeting on Friday
Premier League stakeholders met via video link on Friday to decide on ongoing coronavirus issues
The future of the league season was also on the agenda for Friday’s meeting, and it was decided that the Premier League, Football League, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship would not return not “until he is sure of doing it”. .
As exclusively revealed by Sportsmail Today Manchester United has become the first high-flying club to cut wages, sacrificing 30% of its salary for a month, with the understanding that it will go to Manchester hospitals and health centers in the fight against coronavirus .
Similar moves are now expected to be reflected in the league after Friday’s videoconference involving the 20 clubs.
In the Premier League statement, they wrote, “The restart date is constantly being reviewed with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic grows and we work together during this very period. difficult. “
The high-flying leaders also confirmed that there will be a new meeting with the PFA on Saturday, during which they will continue to discuss issues related to the coronavirus.
Shortly after the Premier League declaration, the EFL published its own commentary, in which it thanked the elite.
It reads as follows: “The EFL also notes and appreciates the decision taken today by the Premier League regarding the short-term financial relief it must provide to EFL clubs through advancement solidarity payments, parachute payments and grants from the Academy.
“These actions will have a positive impact on the individual clubs in our three divisions at a difficult and uncertain time. “
Earlier, United’s big decision came an hour and a half after Friday’s crisis meeting, with Sportsmail revealing that part of the players salary will be used for the benefit of hospitals and health centers in Manchester in the fight against coronavirus.
Captain Harry Maguire was approached by President Ed Woodward about the idea. The English defender opened the initiative to the rest of the senior team, who would have been overwhelmingly in agreement.
Manchester United has become the first Premier League team to cut player salaries
US captain Harry Maguire spoke to President Ed Woodward about the proposal
£ 3.5M NHS GIFT FROM UNITED STARS
Exclusive by Sami Mokbel
Manchester United players are expected to donate millions to the NHS after agreeing to cut wages.
Sportsmail understands that the stars of Old Trafford have agreed to forfeit 30% of their salary for one month on condition that the money is used for the benefit of hospitals and health centers in Manchester in the fight against coronavirus.
Captain Harry Maguire was approached by President Ed Woodward about the idea. The English defender opened the insider to the rest of the senior team, who would have overwhelmingly agreed.
There is a view at United as one of the richest and biggest clubs in world football, they want to lead the way in the fight against coronavirus.
This generous gesture will see millions of pounds injected into the crisis that has gripped the nation.
The gaming community has been criticized in recent days, particularly after their union, the Association of Professional Footballers, has publicly stated that it will not accept wage cuts.
But players in general are desperate to do their part – and the huge gift from United players represents that feeling.
Before Friday’s discussion, there was a lot of pressure from fans, politicians and former professionals on the players to take a big drop in pay.
Clubs have been subjected to scrutiny for using the government’s leave program for their non-player staff, while allowing their players to bring home, in some cases, hundreds of thousands of pounds a week.
Eddie Howe became the first Premier League figure to cut his wages significantly earlier in the week, and Bournemouth boss followed by Brighton counterpart Graham Potter soon after.
Tottenham, in particular, has been criticized for using the leave plan, placing all of its 550 non-player employees on it and leaving the government to foot the bill.
The timing was also extremely bad, as it coincided with the release of the club’s financial figures. While the club’s lowest paid employees earn 80% of their salary, it was revealed that President Daniel Levy had earned £ 3 million in addition to his £ 4 million salary to oversee the completion of the new club stadium.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was the first high-profile manager to receive a pay cut on Thursday
Football clubs up and down the country are locked and there is no football on the horizon
HENDERSON LEADS THE CHARGE WITH THE NHS CRISIS FUND
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is setting up a Premier League coronavirus crisis fund expected to raise millions for the NHS.
The English midfielder spent much of this week contacting captains of other Premier League clubs to present the idea to his colleagues.
It is understood that the plan was designed before the scathing comments of Health Secretary Matt Hancock on footballers who must “play their part” in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The impressive initiative, which is expected to generate millions of pounds for the tense National Health Service in times of deep crisis, would have received an entirely positive response from high-profile players.
Talks are continuing, and players also want advice from the NHS and the government on how best to get money where it’s needed most.
Contacts have already been made with various banks to set up the fund.
Tottenham has been criticized for not lowering the salaries of its players, as it has been revealed that it only needs a 2.77% cut in wages to cover £ 30,000 a year in wages. each of the club’s 550 non-player employees.
On this subject, former club director Harry Redknapp told The Sun, “I can’t believe it. Players should definitely make a cut. It’s not for big clubs like Tottenham.
“I thought the government was going to pay ordinary people who are struggling and help small businesses who are struggling. But you’re talking about a club where their players make £ 10-12 million a year.
“Tottenham is owned by Joe Lewis, one of the richest men in the world, and his club cuts the wages of all non-football staff by 20%. I can not believe.
Gary Lineker, on the other hand, directed his anger at the clubs rather than the players, insisting that they had placed their stars in an extremely difficult position by paying them in full while putting non-playing staff on leave.
Speaking to Sky News, Lineker said: “It is now up to the players to react. Let us give them a chance to respond before this hugely critical pile of judgments that we still receive today.
“Footballers are always an easy target. I hate anything, but where are the big businessmen, where are the CEOs of these huge companies. What are they doing right now?
“No one ever seems to care, but the footballers, who do an incredible amount of good in the general community who go unreported, who do a lot to raise awareness during these difficult times.
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Premier League donates £ 20 million to the NHS to help tackle the current coronavirus crisis
WHAT IS THE FURLOUGH GOVERNMENT REGIME?
When an employee is put on leave, he is temporarily put on leave and is not paid, although he remains on the payroll, which means he does not lose his job.
This could be due to the fact that there are no jobs for these employees, or that the company cannot afford to pay them, due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis.
In the UK, the government is offering to pay 80% of the salary of an employee on leave, up to £ 2,500 a month, until he can return to work full time. The coronavirus job retention program will last at least three months from March 1.
“So let’s wait and see where they go. I will be the first in a few weeks to criticize them if they do nothing.
The Premier League’s decision to wait and pass collective judgment came amid fears that they could have lost their star names for free this summer.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the 20 Premier League clubs were afraid of breaking their players’ contracts if they put their heads above the parapet and made a decision about the pay cuts without the agreement of the others. clubs.
It was believed that players could then cite the loss of income and free themselves from their contracts to leave for new pastures this summer.
Although the Premier League has taken action and will discuss cuts or postponements of 30%, it is the last European league to put in place plans.
In Spain this week, this has been a hot topic of discussion, with Barcelona players having suffered a 70% pay cut, as Lionel Messi announced on his social media.
In the Bundesliga in Germany, players and directors of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have been cut by 20% in wages, while Union Berlin – which ranks 11th in the ranking – has agreed to do without wages entirely .
Gordon Taylor is the director general of the PFA and was heavily criticized this week
Matt Hancock was quick to condemn high-flying footballers, but cuts are currently under discussion
Borussia Monchengladbach players were the first in the country to offer to forfeit their wages, while the big four in the league – Dortmund, Bayern, Leipzig and Leverkusen, all invested £ 17.7 million each in a fund to help second level clubs that will have a harder time in the coming months.
In Italy, meanwhile, Juventus players have given up four months’ wages, which could see Cristiano Ronaldo drop more than £ 9 million to help the cause.
Politicians like Sadiq Khan and Matt Hancock quickly condemned Premier League footballers for their lack of action, but Gary Neville criticized the latter in a cursing rant.
He said, “I would love to be a player for 10 more minutes. PL players are more than likely working on a proposal to help clubs, communities and the NHS. It takes more than 2 weeks to assemble.
‘Matt Hancock calling them when he can’t set up tests for NHS staff is a f @@@@@ g is playing!’
DECLARATION OF THE FIRST LEAGUE
At a Premier League shareholders meeting today, the clubs discussed in detail how to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic. First, it was reaffirmed that the top priority was to help the health and well-being of the nation and our communities, including players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters .
It has been recognized that the Premier League will not resume in early May – and that the 2019/20 season will not return until it is safe and appropriate. The restart date is constantly reviewed with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic grows and we work together during this very difficult time.
The Premier League works closely with all professional football in the country, as well as with government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game results in a collaborative solution. With that, there is a combined goal for all national league and cup matches to play, allowing us to maintain the integrity of each competition. However, any return to play will only take place with the full support of the government and when medical advice permits.
The sporting and financial implications for Premier League clubs as well as the FA, EFL and the National League were discussed at today’s meeting.
Faced with substantial and continuous losses for the 2019/20 season since the start of the match suspension and to protect employment throughout the professional match, the Premier League clubs have unanimously decided to consult their players concerning a combination of conditional reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 percent of total annual compensation. These guidelines will be constantly reviewed as circumstances change. The League will be in regular contact with the PFA and the union will join a meeting to be held tomorrow between the League, players and club representatives.
Discussions have also taken place regarding the short-term financial relief of clubs and although there is no single solution, measures must be put in place to deal immediately with the impact of the drop in flows cash. Critically, the League voted unanimously to advance funds of £ 125 million to the EFL and the National League, as it is aware of the serious difficulties facing the football pyramid clubs at the current time.
Following this assistance, the League remains determined to support the National Health Service, its staff and help the populations of the communities, especially those who are the most vulnerable. The League, clubs, players and managers express their immense appreciation for the heroic efforts of NHS staff and all other key workers who perform critical work in such difficult circumstances.
In consultation with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, the Premier League immediately commits £ 20 million to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a direct financial contribution to the NHS and funds to allow clubs to refocus their efforts and develop major outreach programs to help communities, including those who need it most. This funding will provide immediate and longer-term support during the crisis.
In response to COVID-19, Premier League clubs support tens of thousands of people in their communities every day through targeted activities, including donations to food banks, phone calls to seniors, food parcels delivered to vulnerable people and a wide range of free resources to support well-being and education. Many Premier League clubs also work closely with their local NHS Trusts to provide valuable support by providing resources, volunteers and facilities. Today more than ever, clubs are playing a vital role in supporting the well-being of their community members and relieving pressure on essential health services.
In close collaboration with the Department of Health and Welfare, Public Health England and the NHS, the broad reach and appeal of the Premier League and our clubs will continue to be used to promote important public health messages throughout this crisis.
The Premier League would like to reiterate that the thoughts of all of our clubs go out to all those directly affected by COVID-19.