English Premier League postponed until May


The English Football League will not resume next May, and clubs will consult their players about a salary cut of as much as 30%, to cope with the emerging crisis of the Corona virus, according to the League’s Friday statement.The top 20 clubs have agreed to extend the league suspension indefinitely, until the return of football is “safe and appropriate”.
In a statement, the association said: “The Premier League clubs decided unanimously to consult the players on a set of measures that combine the reduction and conditional delay of salaries by a total of 30%.” The statement added that the clubs “have recognized that the Premier League will not resume in early May, and that the 2019-2020 season can only be resumed when this is possible in a safe and appropriate manner.” “The common goal remains to complete all the national championships and the remaining cup matches, to maintain the integrity of all competitions … that is, the return to play will only be with the full support of the government and when the medical recommendations allow.”
The English Premier League’s hesitation about reducing their salaries was described by Julian Knight, Chair of the Commons Committee for Culture, Media and Sports, as “morally unacceptable”, in a translation of the growing sentiment in England. In a letter to the government, Knight called for a specific tax on clubs that place “their non-player employees on partial unemployment while continuing to pay the wages of their players” naturally.
British Health Minister Matt Hancock went out at a press conference Thursday evening, calling on the English Premier League players, who are accused of benefiting from the economic support measures adopted due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus, to reduce their salaries. Employers can ask the government to pay 80% of employees’ wages of up to 2,500 pounds (2,700 euros) per month as a maximum, so that they can keep their employees and not fire them during an epidemic.
The Professional Players Association defended its position to defend the players in a statement Thursday, accusing club officials of using public aid to preserve the shareholders ’funds.
“Clubs, as companies, that can pay the salaries of their players and employees, must do so,” she said, adding that “any use of government assistance without real financial need will be at the expense of society as a whole, and the contribution of players in paying the salaries of non-player employees will only serve The interests of shareholders only. ” “We are well aware of the feeling in the public opinion that players should pay the salaries of non-players employees,” she added. We fully accept the idea that players should be flexible and share the financial impact of the Covid 19 epidemic in order to secure the long-term future for their club and sport in general. ” “But players should not be a scapegoat,” she concluded.
Football financial expert Kiran Maguire said 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 10,000 pounds per day, and to accountants, or money that goes into accounts.” Foreign to avoid paying taxes ».


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