Levi’s announcement came about the reduction of the salaries of employees and administrators on the same day that it was revealed that he received 7 million pounds last season, including three million as bonuses resulting from the completion of works in the new stadium of the club despite the fact that the construction process exceeded the period and budget set for it.
As for London Mayor Siddiq Khan, the Premier League players should contribute to overcoming this crisis, explaining to the BBC that “high-paying football players are people who can bear the greatest burden and must be the first to sacrifice their salaries with All respect, rather than the person selling the program or the person providing the food. ”
But players can oppose the idea of unfairly highlighting them, and demand the payment of the bill instead of the multi-billion club owners.
Football financial expert Kiran Maguire said in an interview with AFP that politicians are taking advantage of football, explaining, “The same criticisms are not directed at the banking industry … They are not directed against lawyers who earn 10 thousand pounds per day, to accountants, or the money that You go to external accounts to avoid paying taxes. ”
According to the list of the Sunday Times for the rich, the wealth of Tottenham owner Joe Lewis, a resident of the Bahamas that is a haven of tax evasion, rose to 4.4 billion pounds last year.
“The wealth of Joe Lewis himself amounts to more than 4 billion pounds, and we direct our arrows to (striker) Harry Kane, the young man whose career will end when he reaches his thirty-fifth year,” Maguire said.
Players do not want to be a victim of the current crisis, and later watch the clubs spend a lot of money when revenues start flowing again with life returning to normal.
This is what Gordon Taylor, CEO of the Professional Players Association said, “It is ironic that the clubs postpone their commitment to the players, and then later recruit new players for a lot of money.”
But the transfers are now far from the minds of most CEOs who are just trying to make sure their clubs last for the next few months, according to Levy himself. “When I read or hear stories about players’ transfers this summer as if nothing happened, people need to wake up to see The horror of what is happening around us. ”