Liverpool place staff on furlough but pay remainder of salary during football suspension


A video conference call between the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association on Saturday saw all 20 top-flight clubs agree to do so.

The PFA had previously written to its members urging them not to agree to any reduction or deferral in wages until they had spoken to the union.

It follows a statement from the league on Friday which confirmed elite football in England “must only return when it is safe and appropriate”.

Liverpool welcomed the league reiterating its commitment to conclude the 2019-20 season, with the Merseyside club of course 25 points clear atop the table and two wins from being crowned champions for the first time since 1990.

In addition, the Premier League will provide an £125m payment to the English Football League and National League, although much of that fee is in parachute payments to individual clubs recently relegated from the top division as opposed to a fee that can be spread evenly across the leagues.

It was also confirmed that in order to “to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic”, a £20m donation will be made to the country’s healthcare service.



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