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Premier League players in ‘moral vacuum’ and should sacrifice salary – politicians

Tottenham, Newcastle and Norwich have all furloughed non-playing staff

Premier League footballers are living in a “moral vacuum” and should be the first to sacrifice salaries during the coronavirus pandemic, say politicians.

Julian Knight, the chair of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport committee, had condemned the actions of some Premier League clubs, who have furloughed non-playing staff.

Tottenham, Newcastle and Norwich have opted to utilise the government’s job retention scheme during the pandemic.

“It sticks in the throat,” said Knight.

“This exposes the crazy economics in English football and the moral vacuum at its centre.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan told BBC Radio 5 Live that top-flight players should be the ones to “carry the burden”.

“My view is always that those who are the least well off should get the most help,” he said.

“Highly paid football players are people who can carry the greatest burden and they should be the first one to, with respect, sacrifice their salary, rather than the person selling the programme or the person who does catering or the person who probably doesn’t get anywhere near the salary some of the Premier League footballers get.

“It should be those with the broadest shoulders who go first because they can carry the greatest burden and have probably got savings, rather than those who were in catering or hospitality who have probably got no savings and live week by week and who probably won’t get the [government] benefits for five weeks.”

A number of clubs have taken other steps to reduce their costs while football is suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

Players at Championship leaders Leeds United have already volunteered to take a wage deferral while Birmingham City players who earn more than £6,000 a week have been asked to take a 50% cut for the next four months.

In Europe, Barcelona players have taken a 70% pay cut while Juventus players and manager Maurizio Sarri have agreed to freeze their pay for four months.

However, Lord Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, says Tottenham's decision is fair, and Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber says he can understand why clubs such as Tottenham would furlough staff.

Brighton have committed to playing all matchday staff until the end of the season but Barber says he cannot rule out having to make cuts.

“It’s a very difficult time for everybody and I can fully understand why people think that the football industry and particularly the Premier League has got a lot of cash,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“In many cases that’s not the case, it’s a bit of a myth, but what we have to do is protect jobs.

“We’re doing whatever we can to do that and that’s the priority at the moment for just about every industry in the country, including ours.”

Premier League and English Football League clubs are set to discuss a collective wage deferral agreement at a meeting with the Professional Footballers’ Association on Wednesday.


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Premier League players in ‘moral vacuum’ and should sacrifice salary – politicians

Tottenham, Newcastle and Norwich have all furloughed non-playing staff

Premier League footballers are living in a “moral vacuum” and should be the first to sacrifice salaries during the coronavirus pandemic, say politicians.

Julian Knight, the chair of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport committee, had condemned the actions of some Premier League clubs, who have furloughed non-playing staff.

Tottenham, Newcastle and Norwich have opted to utilise the government’s job retention scheme during the pandemic.

“It sticks in the throat,” said Knight.

“This exposes the crazy economics in English football and the moral vacuum at its centre.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan told BBC Radio 5 Live that top-flight players should be the ones to “carry the burden”.

“My view is always that those who are the least well off should get the most help,” he said.

“Highly paid football players are people who can carry the greatest burden and they should be the first one to, with respect, sacrifice their salary, rather than the person selling the programme or the person who does catering or the person who probably doesn’t get anywhere near the salary some of the Premier League footballers get.

“It should be those with the broadest shoulders who go first because they can carry the greatest burden and have probably got savings, rather than those who were in catering or hospitality who have probably got no savings and live week by week and who probably won’t get the [government] benefits for five weeks.”

A number of clubs have taken other steps to reduce their costs while football is suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

Players at Championship leaders Leeds United have already volunteered to take a wage deferral while Birmingham City players who earn more than £6,000 a week have been asked to take a 50% cut for the next four months.

In Europe, Barcelona players have taken a 70% pay cut while Juventus players and manager Maurizio Sarri have agreed to freeze their pay for four months.

However, Lord Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, says Tottenham's decision is fair, and Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber says he can understand why clubs such as Tottenham would furlough staff.

Brighton have committed to playing all matchday staff until the end of the season but Barber says he cannot rule out having to make cuts.

“It’s a very difficult time for everybody and I can fully understand why people think that the football industry and particularly the Premier League has got a lot of cash,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“In many cases that’s not the case, it’s a bit of a myth, but what we have to do is protect jobs.

“We’re doing whatever we can to do that and that’s the priority at the moment for just about every industry in the country, including ours.”

Premier League and English Football League clubs are set to discuss a collective wage deferral agreement at a meeting with the Professional Footballers’ Association on Wednesday.


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West Ham's Michail Antonio to take social media break after announcing father's death

West Ham winger Michail Antonio has announced he will take a break from social media following the death of his father.

In an Instagram story on Tuesday, the 30-year-old revealed his father had died after spending much of the last decade in hospital.

“Over the last seven years my dad has been ill, in and out of hospital, and now his life has come to its end,” Antonio said.

“So I’ve been getting messages and I’ve been getting phone calls, and I just want to put this out and say: I’m not going to be responding to people much or be posting anything on Instagram until I feel like I’m ready to again.

“I want all of you to put my family in your prayers.”

Antonio did not suggest that his father had coronavirus symptoms.

In March, West Ham vice-president Karren Brady said the Premier League season should be voided amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but later appeared to change tack.

She also revealed that eight West Ham players had exhibited coronavirus symptoms.


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Norwich City put staff on furlough but will top up wages to maintain 100% salary during coronavirus crisis

Norwich City have become the latest Premier League club to start furloughing staff.

The Canaries, bottom of the top flight, will utilise the government's coronavirus job retention scheme, which allows staff to claim 80 per cent of their wages, to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

The club will then top up the money to ensure their staff receive their full salary.

Newcastle and Tottenham have already begun the process of furloughing non-playing staff because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has halted football across the world.

A Norwich statement read: "Owing to the impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic, Norwich City Football Club will begin the process of furloughing members of its staff who are unable to work at this time.

"Under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the furloughing of staff will safeguard future jobs and help sustain the club throughout this period.

"The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will mean that 80 percent of the salaries of furloughed staff, up to £2,500 per month per individual, will be paid by the government.

"The club will top up the money received from the scheme to ensure that all furloughed staff receive their usual salary in full.

"Where necessary, part-time and casual staff will also be furloughed.

"As part of the scheme, furloughed staff will not be permitted to carry out work for the club. The club will continue to monitor and review the situation as it develops."

PA


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Pape Diouf: Former Marseille president dies after contracting coronavirus

Former French international Didier Deschamps (left) was appointed manager of Marseille under Diouf in 2009

Former Marseille president Pape Diouf has died aged 68 after contracting coronavirus, the club have announced.

The Senegalese was president between 2005 and 2009 when Marseille finished second in Ligue 1 twice and reached two French Cup finals.

They went on to win a first French league title in 18 years in 2010.

"Pape will remain in the hearts of the Marseillais forever, as one of the great architects in the club's history," Marseille posted on Twitter.