Liverpool reverse decision to apply for coronavirus retention scheme

7 April 2020

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Photo: PA Images Instead the club will find alternative means to cover their furlough costs, Liverpool's chief executive, Peter Moore, said in an open letter.

Instead the club will find alternative means to cover their furlough costs, Liverpool's chief executive said in an open letter.

The move has been heavily criticised for taking advantage of the scheme meant to help struggling businesses.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Liverpool have reversed a decision to furlough staff and apply for the government's coronavirus job retention scheme, following heavy criticism for taking advantage of public funds as they continue to pay their expensive athletes in full.

The club last week said they would follow Tottenham, Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth in utilising the scheme, which covers 80 per cent of the salaries of those unable to work due to the pandemic. Liverpool were subsequently criticised by supporters and unaffiliated for damaging the club's reputation.

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