The Professional Footballers’ Association have reportedly told all members not to sign any agreements with their clubs about wage cuts or deferrals without consulting with the union.
According to a report from the i newspaper, the PFA are trying to find a resolution with the Premier League and EFL over pay cuts due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Talks are expected to continue between all parties, but the PFA have told players not to agree to anything as they are working on the issue.
The report claims that players from the Premier League to non-league and former professionals, have been provided with a specific email address to contact the PFA if they have any queries relating to the current situation.
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The three-page document also explains what ‘furlough’ and ‘wage deferrals’ mean, while the organisation has also committed to financially support any players who find themselves struggling due to the impact of COVID-19.
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor is believed to be resistant to a blanket wage deferral or reduction and is keen to see the finances of every single club before agreeing for his members to take a cut to their salaries, the report also claims.
The union is reporting back to its members through each club’s player delegates and club captains about what is being spoken about at each meeting with the different governing bodies.
Highly-paid players have already started taking significant wage cuts across Europe due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team-mates agreed to a 70% wage reduction earlier in the week, and Juventus’s squad, including Cristiano Ronaldo, have agreed not to receive a salary for four months, while Bayern Munich’s players have taken a 20% pay cut.
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