Coronavirus Outbreak: Premier League players launch fund initiative to raise money for National Health Service

London: Premier League footballers, facing pressure to accept wage cuts during the coronavirus outbreak, have launched a fund to raise money for National Health Service (NHS) charities to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

With the Premier League at a standstill, the players have been criticised in the British media over the last week for resisting calls from the clubs to accept wage deferrals and cuts to reduce wage bills.

The players union, however, questioned the call for a 30 percent player wage reduction, saying it would reduce tax revenue for Britain’s NHS.

The union said that the players wanted to ensure their contributions supported the clubs they play for, non-playing staff, lower league clubs and the NHS.

Tottenham and England captain Harry Kane and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson were among the players to tweet a statement on Wednesday with the hashtag #Playerstogether.

“We can confirm that after extensive conversations between a huge number of players from all Premier League clubs, we have created our own collective player initiative, #PlayersTogether,” said the statement.

It added that it would partner with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT), which represents over 140 NHS charities, to “assist them in generating and distributing funds quickly and efficiently to where they are needed most.”

The statement added: “#PlayersTogether is about we, as players, collaborating together to create a voluntary initiative, separate to any other club and league conversations, that can help get much-needed funds to those that need it right now.”

Updated Date: Apr 09, 2020 11:12:42 IST



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