Gary Neville has criticised the Premier League for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Premier League’s suggested 30 per cent wage cut or deferral strategy was discussed in a conference call with the Professional Footballers’ Association and the League Managers Association on Saturday
In a statement released on Saturday, the PFA said its members were resolved to playing their part but warned that a projected 30 per cent salary reduction would cost the country £200million in lost tax receipts.
Meanwhile, a handful of top-flight clubs, including last year’s Champions League finalists Liverpool and Tottenham, have opted to furlough non-playing staff using the safety net of the government’s job retention scheme.
And assessing the landscape, former Manchester United defender was highly critical of the Premier League’s approach.
“The PL are handling the CV (coronavirus) crisis terribly,” he wrote on Twitter, before outlining a checklist of perceived mis-steps.
He added: “Slow to lockdown/tried one last weekend of games; Furloughing straight away a PR disaster; turning on players publicly/trying to blindside them; no increase in funding for EFL/Non League; all stakeholders unhappy with their approach.
“Football has too many stakeholders with different interests.
“They all meet regularly/say they collaborate but when the ‘s**t hits the fan’ the PL have the power and go solo! It’s unravelling before our eyes. A re-alignment for all clubs, fans and the game would be welcome.”
A PFA statement released on Saturday following the conference call read: “The players are mindful that as PAYE employees, the combined tax on their salaries is a significant contribution to funding essential public services – which are especially critical at this time.
“Taking a 30 per cent salary deduction will cost the Exchequer substantial sums. This would be detrimental to our NHS and other government-funded services.
“The proposed 30 per cent salary deduction over a 12-month period equates to over £500m in wage reductions and a loss in tax contributions of over £200m to the government.”