Premier League club captains have challenged the notion of all players donating 30 per cent of their weekly wages to the National Health Service after all 20 came together for a video call this afternoon.
The discussions came after politicians criticised footballers and their PFA union for not taking a wage cut while non-playing employees at some clubs were being put on furlough.
Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Norwich City and Liverpool have all furloughed members of their non-playing staff, while the likes of Brighton, Manchester United and Crystal Palace have committed to paying all staff their full wages until the end of the season.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock demanded that footballers “take a pay cut and play their part” last week and the players have now agreed a deal help the NHS battle the virus.
The 20 Premier League clubs have agreed to donate a portion of their salary to the NHS
In a statement this evening from the PFA, on behalf of the Premier League players, it read: “The players are mindful that as PAYE employees, the combined tax on their salaries is a significant contribution to funding essential public services – which are especially critical at this time.
“Taking a 30 per cent salary deduction will cost the Exchequer substantial sums. This would be detrimental to our NHS and other government-funded services.
“The proposed 30 per cent salary deduction over a 12-month period equates to over £500m in wage reductions and a loss in tax contributions of over £200m to the government.
“What effect does this loss of earning to the government mean for the NHS? Was this considered in the Premier League proposal and did the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock factor this in when asking players to take a salary cut?
Matt Hancock wants Premier League teams to agree a wage cut
“We welcomed the opportunity to discuss this with the Premier League today and…