Premier League club captains will gather on Saturday for a video conference call about wage cuts.
The Telegraph report that an “unprecedented” talk will take place to try and agree a 30% pay cut for players amid fears of a potential financial collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the Premier League announcing on Friday that football would not be returning until it was safe to do so, the May return is now looking off the table.
football.london revealed last week that a conference call had taken place between the Premier League, FA, English Football League and the government about a potential return behind closed doors in July, with a hope of finishing the 2019/20 season over a period of four to six weeks.
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And now that there is no concrete date set for a return, Premier League players have come under pressure from Health Secretary Matt Hancock to “do their part” amid the likes of Spurs and Newcastle placing non-playing staff on furlough.
Reports have emerged of players such as Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire attempting to organise an agreed cut between their teammates.
And now the Premier League is said to have come up with a plan to enable the surrendered wages to help both their own clubs and the NHS, to whom a donation will reportedly be made.
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor will also be present in the meeting. The PFA put out their own statement on Thursday where they revealed that they have not blocked players from all wage deferrals, but were taking time to consider players below the Premier League as well as those at the top.
However, the club captains and their managers could potentially bypass the PFA by deferring 30% of payments until the league restarts.
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