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“The Premier League then announced that it is looking for its players to drop or defer wages by 30%. This is despite the fact that the owners and the board of directors of the Premier League already knew that the players discussed their contribution deeply. It seemed strange to me because all the other decisions in this process were kept behind closed doors, but it had to be announced publicly. Why? It looks like it is to shame the players – to force them into a corner where they have to pick up the bill for the lost income. “
So far, there has been no universal agreement on pay cuts for players in England and Rooney, who plays for County Derby at the second level in England, said he believed that he had to talk about the debate over who wins what.
He said, “I’m talking about the footballers, the people I shared locker rooms with. The pressure on them is not acceptable and I have to speak for them. At the moment, it’s almost child’s play: it’s like the government, the Premier League and sections of the media have taken players down. “
In addition to the salary deferral plan, the Premier League also sanctioned a £ 125m grant to EFL and National League clubs and a £ 20m donation to the National Health Service (NHS) to support the fight against coronavirus.
• Euro 2020: One year postponed
• Champions League: Suspended indefinitely
• First league: Suspended indefinitely
• The league: Suspended indefinitely
• Bundesliga: Probably no fans for the rest of 2020
• League 1: Suspended indefinitely
• Series A: Suspended until April 13
• Copa America: Postponed until 2021
• MLS: Suspended until May 10
But Rooney thinks that the Premier League directive on player wages has made targets easy for players.
He added, “For the Premier League to simply announce the proposal, as it did, increase the pressure on the players and in my opinion, it is now a no-win situation: if the players go out and say that they cannot agree or are unwilling to reduce by 30%, even if the real reasons are that it will financially ruin some, it will be presented as “Rich Players Refuse Pay Cut”.
“No matter how you see it, we are easy targets. What is lost is that half of our wages are taken by the taxpayer. The money that goes to government, the money that helps the NHS. “
The Premier League and all major football leagues are suspended indefinitely amid the coronavirus epidemic.