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PFA denies plan to block all wage deferral requests from struggling clubs | Football News

Last Updated: 02/04/20 7:31pm

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has moved to clarify reports suggesting it would block all wage deferral requests made by clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.

A number of sides are reducing the pay of non-playing staff to compensate for lost revenue during football’s shutdown and pressure is growing on players, in particular the Premier League’s top earners, to take a salary cut.

On Thursday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock gave a message to Premier League players, urging them to take a pay cut and play their part.

In a statement, the PFA said: “Contrary to some press reports the PFA has never stated that it will block all wage deferrals. What we have sought to put in place is a structured and unified approach to ensure a fair response across the leagues.

“The players we have spoken to recognise that the non-playing staff are a vital part of their club and they do not want to see club staff furloughed unfairly. Any use of the government’s support schemes without genuine financial need is detrimental to the wider society.

“We fully accept that players will have to be flexible and share the financial burden of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to secure the long-term future of their own club and indeed the wider game. Our advice going out to players at this point reflects that expectation.”

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