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COVID-19: Chelsea Opt Against Pay Cut, Urge Players To Donate To Charity

On this file photograph taken on Could 21, 2017 Chelsea’s Russian proprietor Roman Abramovich applauds, as gamers have fun their league title win on the finish of the Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London. Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

Chelsea have mentioned they received’t impose a pay lower on their first-team squad in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

However the Premier League facet added Saturday they’d requested gamers to proceed donating to charities in the course of the ongoing pandemic.

It has been reported the west London membership have been in talks with their gamers a few wage discount of round 10 p.c in a bid to scale back prices at a time when soccer has been suspended due to the virus.

That determine, nonetheless, is considerably decrease than the Premier League’s suggestion of 30 p.c for all golf equipment.

However that has not stopped the Stamford Bridge facet from taking their very own plan of action as they highlighted the #PlayersTogether initiative launched by Premier League gamers earlier this month, which goals to lift and distribute funds for charities supporting Britain’s Nationwide Well being Service (NHS).

“Representatives of the Chelsea board have recently held extensive talks with the men’s first team to discuss how they can contribute financially to the club during the coronavirus crisis,” mentioned a membership assertion.

“The target of those talks has been to discover a significant partnership round guaranteeing we protect jobs for workers, compensate followers and take part in actions for good causes.

“We’re grateful to the group for having performed their function in aiding the membership with group actions in addition to all of the charitable causes they’ve been supporting of their respective dwelling international locations and thru the Gamers Collectively initiative supporting the NHS.”

The assertion added: “At the moment, the boys’s first group is not going to be contributing in direction of the membership financially and as a substitute the board have directed the group to focus their efforts on additional supporting different charitable causes.

“As this disaster develops the membership will proceed to have conversations with the boys’s first group concerning monetary contributions to the membership’s actions.”

In the meantime the Blues mentioned they might not be profiting from the British authorities’s coronavirus job retention or furlough scheme, with informal employees and matchday employees being compensated by the membership by way of to June 30.

Newcastle and Norwich are at the moment the one two Premier League golf equipment utilizing the furlough for a few of their non-playing employees, whereas Liverpool, Tottenham and Bournemouth have been all compelled into U-turns after their plans to make use of the scheme have been met with widespread criticism.

AFP

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