‘A promise of jam tomorrow won’t cut it when players go on earning their millions’: DCMS committee chairman Julian Knight takes aim at ‘leaderless’ Premier League and calls for players to give more in fight against coronavirus
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee chairman Julian Knight has criticised the ‘leaderless’ Premier League after they announced they would ask players to accept wage deferrals of up to 30 per cent.
On Friday, the Premier League announced they will give £20million to the NHS and advance their £125m payments to EFL and National League, which would have taken place in August.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused multiple clubs have decided to furlough non-playing staff in recent days, whilst players at most clubs will continue to receive their full wages.
DCMS committee chairman Julian Knight has criticised the ‘leaderless’ Premier League
Workers temporarily put on a leave of absence are entitled to be paid 80 per cent of their wages, up to £2,500 a month, through the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until they are able to resume their job full time.
Health secretary has Matt Hancock has called on top flight players to make concessions and now Knight has appealed to Premier League bosses to take further action.
‘What the public wants to see is fairness,’ Knight said. ‘What’s been announced are no more than plans to ask players to defer taking their high salaries. That’s not a pay cut and what happens if they say no?
‘What’s needed now is leadership from the Premier League and that’s not on offer today.
‘The position for non-playing staff who’ve been furloughed is no different today to that of yesterday. A promise of jam tomorrow won’t cut it when players go earning their millions.
‘What is welcome is the £125million that’s going to help finance struggling clubs with some weeks, if not days, from going to the wall, and the welcome money that will help our NHS services.’