The Professional Footballers’ Association have issued a statement defending its position after reports emerged claiming that they will block all wage deferrals.
The PFA wrote to all its members to warn them that it is “vitally important” they speak to their union before accepting wage cuts.
Players across the top-flight are coming under increasing pressure to pay cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic that has led to the suspension of all football in England.
A number of sides, including Newcastle United and Tottenham, have reduced the pay of non-playing staff to compensate for lost revenue, a move that has received a fierce backlash from supporters.
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But the PFA have claimed that reports they are ready to block all wage deferrals are wrong, and they have been trying to put in place a structured and unified approach to ensure a fair response across the leagues and are in discussions with clubs and players to identify the best support they can off the country at this moment in time.
“This is an extremely challenging and worrying time for our country, and the world, as we all try to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic,” the PFA’s latest statement read.
“Our admiration and thanks are with the NHS and all keyworkers who are keeping our country going at this very difficult time.
“Football, of course, faces its own challenges. As this is an ever-moving situation, our staff are working tirelessly behind the scenes on this unprecedented crisis to address the needs of the players, while considering the clubs and the wider industry.
“Our initial response to the outbreak was to focus solely on the health and safety of players, club staff and the fans.
“We circulated advice and recommendations to all players and clubs regarding best practice at the training ground, and as the outbreak progressed, we then voiced the…