Politicians condemn Premier League clubs for taking advantage of government's retention scheme

1 April 2020

Photo: PA Images Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said players in the English top flight instead should be the ones carrying the burden, rather than those working what is considered normal jobs.

Chair of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport committee says Premier League clubs are living in a "moral vacuum".

Mayor of London says highly paid footballers should be the first to sacrifice their salaries, rather than people working what is considered normal jobs.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

A number of politicians have condemned Premier League clubs and accused them of taking advantage of the government's retention scheme by furloughing their non-playing personnel rather than issuing wage reductions for their highly paid players.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Norwich have begun implementing measures such as furloughing or issuing wage reductions for non-playing staff in order to make them available for the government's coronavirus retention scheme, which allows employees to claim 80 per cent of their wages up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.

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