Politicians condemn Premier League clubs for taking advantage of government's retention scheme
1 April 2020
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.
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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