Premier League captains believe players’ money goes to National Health Service charities rather than owners or transfers funds, after tense club videoconference on Saturday, in threatening money row to scold and paint an even uglier picture for Football.
Players insist on playing hardball, and talks are expected to resume on Monday.
After an extremely controversial week due to football’s varied reactions to the coronavirus crisis, a meeting was held with the 20 Premier League captains to discuss salary cuts or potential postponements.
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The players – coordinated by a Whatsapp group among the captains – have from the start indicated their willingness to give up much of their wages, but were furious at the pressure put on them and the way they were made. the singular accent in a game led by billionaires.
For their part, the clubs have made it clear to the captains that player salaries are by far the biggest expense in the game, and could put some clubs directly in danger of extinction if the season cannot continue and the Premier League loses £ 1.2 billion. spread money. This is why the cuts are considered imperative.
Captains always feel that the owners of billionaires should be the first to put their hands in their pockets, and that players should not feel directly responsible for the decisions made by club leaders regarding general pay and stakes. in vacations.
From this point of view, the Whatsapp group of captains would be particularly irritated by Liverpool and the time of their announcement on Saturday.
“Many are furious,” said a source involved. “Put everything on the players and then take the money from the government.”
The main fear of captains is that the clubs use all of this as a cost-cutting exercise. Some also expressed concern that this would only be used for money transfers, which could actually be used to replace those who are now giving up money.
It is for this specific reason that players want their money to go directly to the NHS and associated funds. The clubs will try again this week to make it clear to the captains how the deferral of wages could be crucial for the clubs’ future, but this is currently falling on deaf ears. The major problem, according to an agent, is ultimately a huge lack of confidence.