Premier League clubs on collision course with PFA over cuts to player wages

Premier League clubs will try and thrash out a pay cut agreement with their captains on Saturday.

That will put them on a potential collision course with the Professional Footballers’ Association who are effectively being cut out of the talks and are trying to resist cuts.

It comes after the Premier League summit on Friday which reached a collective agreement between the 20 clubs to discuss wage “deferrals and reductions” up to 30 per cent of their players’ salaries.

It is understood that the contracts would drop by ten per cent if games were behind closed doors and then a further 20 per cent if there was no broadcast or TV rights.

They are planning to ask the captains in emergency conference calls on Saturday for players to defer wages up to a maximum of three months – and then take a pay cut if football has not resumed by the end of June.

The PFA had held lengthy talks this week with the Premier League and were trying to resist pay cuts but it would seem now the clubs are ready to go their own way because of the potential financial disaster heading their way.

It comes after the Premier League decided to postpone games until further notice and until it was only safe to start again. The EFL then followed suit with an announcement on Friday afternoon.

But the Premier League has effectively regained the moral high ground as they unanimously voted to advance “funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League as it is aware of the severe difficulties clubs throughout the football pyramid are suffering at this time.”

They also pledged a further £20m “to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

It is also understood there was a backlash against clubs who have placed staff on the Government’s furlough scheme if they could still afford to pay them which comes days after Tottenham did that despite it being announced chairman Daniel Levy earned £7m last year.

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