Which Premier League clubs have taken pay cuts and wage deferrals amid COVID-19 crisis?
The Premier League season came to a halt last month as the coronavirus outbreak disrupted sporting events all over the world. Top-flight clubs have now had to deal with the financial fallout.
Some clubs have accepted pay cuts, while others have agreed to wage deferrals.
Aston Villa have become the latest side to defer salaries in response to the coronavirus.
Villa’s first-team squad, coaches and senior management will defer 25 per cent of their wages for four months.
Chief executive Christian Purslow said: “Our players and staff feel great solidarity with the many clubs in the football pyramid who have financial problems and we believe it is right and proper that the Premier League as a whole takes action on its finances collectively to enable it to be able to continue to provide vital funding throughout the game in England.”
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The decision comes days after Watford agreed to 30 per cent wage deferrals while matches were not being played.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Southampton and Sheffield United have taken 10 per cent deferrals, while West Ham’s players have agreed to 20 per cent.
At Arsenal, the majority of the squad have accepted 12.5 per cent pay cuts rather than deferrals.
However, the Gunners said “agreed amounts” will be paid if the club hits certain targets, with one of those reported to be Champions League qualification.
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Across London, Chelsea have announced that their first-team squad will not be taking pay cuts.
The Blues said: “At this time, the men’s first team will not be contributing towards the club financially.
“Instead the board have directed the team to focus their efforts on further supporting other charitable causes.
“As this crisis develops the club will continue to have conversations with the men’s first team regarding financial contributions to the club’s activities.”
Newcastle and Norwich are the only clubs in the Premier League clubs placing non-playing staff on the government’s furlough scheme.
Liverpool, Tottenham and Bournemouth all reversed initial decisions to use scheme following criticism from the public.
The Premier League previously asked clubs to put a 30 per cent pay cut to players but the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) said that would affect tax contributions to the NHS.
Earlier this month, top-flight stars launched the #PlayersTogether campaign to generate and distribute funds to the NHS.
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