Piers Morgan 'sickened' by Mesut Ozil refusing pay cut and slams Arsenal star
Mesut Ozil has been slammed by Piers Morgan after the Arsenal star reportedly refused the club’s request to take a pay cut on his £350,000-a-week salary to ease the Gunners’ financial worries during the coronavirus crisis.
In a statement on Monday, Arsenal confirmed that the majority of the first-team squad, as well as Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff, had agreed to a 12.5% salary reduction for the next 12 months.
However, several reports since claim Ozil – the club’s highest earner – was one of three players to refuse to the agreement, instead only being prepared to defer his wages.
Arsenal fan Morgan has been quick to defend Premier League footballers – who launched a charitable fund to support the NHS – but he was livid with Ozil’s stance, condemning the German’s decision.
Initially quoting the report on Good Morning Britain, Morgan said: ‘He’s made it clear he respects the decision that the other players have made, but he’s urged them to respect his.
‘He’s made it clear he might be willing to do it in the future, but wants to see the full financial impact of coronavirus and didn’t want to rush into a decision.
‘Shame on you Mesut Ozil. Shame on you. So let me get this straight, some of the younger players on far less money than you, are taking a 12.5% pay cut, a minuscule drop in the ocean for you, and you don’t want to do it?
‘Because you want to see how the financial situation plays out while you’re sitting on your backside on your PlayStation every night rather than actually playing football? Really?!
‘Now I’ve reserved my condemnation for football clubs who have been furloughing using tax payer money when they’ve got plenty of money themselves: Liverpool, Newcastle, Tottenham all got shamed into doing U-turns on this kind of thing.
‘The players I thought were getting a bad rap, but this is why some of them deserve a bad rap.
‘People like Mesut Ozil who have just said, “No, sorry no, I may be the highest paid player at Arsenal, I might be one of the highest paid players in the world, I might be worth gazillions, and I might be sitting on my backside at the moment doing nothing. But no, I’m not going to take a pay cut”.’
Later in the show he brought up Ozil a second time, adding: ‘The player he is saying no. He wants to see the full financial impact. And I’m sickened by that. Absolutely sickened. Someone as wealthy as him. Young players earning far less have agreed but he won’t, Mesut Ozil.’
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