What Have the Premier League Proposed?
Writing in the Telegraph newspaper, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the stand-off between the PFA and the league on wage cuts was "deeply concerning, especially at a time when more clubs have announced they are furloughing many of their lowest paid staff".
Liverpool said they would top up the public money made available from the government to ensure staff on temporary leave received their full salaries.
Staff affected will receive 80% of their salary through the government's job retention scheme; something that has already happened at Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich as Premier League clubs count the cost of the virus.
The Premier League clubs had earlier informed that they would ask players to take a combination of pay cuts and deferrals amounting to 30 percent of their salary to recover some of the losses they are incurring due to no football amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
Former Liverpool defensive stalwart Jamie Carragher said it was a "poor" step from the Merseyside giants owned by U.S. investors Fenway Sports Group.
"A re-alignment for all clubs, fans and the game would be welcome".
"That's not what the scheme was designed for".
- the Matter is that if we do not play the season out or soon will get clarity on a start date for next season, so we run as a club out of money in august.
"If the players end up agreeing to a pay cut or deferral and a few days later the PFA find out that these clubs can continue to pay non-playing staff and are choosing not to, then who benefits?" he said.
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It added: "There is ongoing active engagement about the topic of salary deductions during the period matches are not being played to schedule".
The PFA has insisted that players will provide a contribution but has questioned the logic of a pay cut.
In Italy, Serie A clubs apart from Juventus plan to cut players' salaries by 33% if the season can not resume, dropping to a cut of half that if the season does restart. "This would be detrimental to our NHS and other government-funded services", they said.
Elsewhere in Europe, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus have announced pay reductions to battle a loss of earnings during the crisis.
We've seen Tottenham furlough their non-playing staff.
On Friday, a hospital in London identified Rose as the individual behind a £19,000 donation to hospital funds.
Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend has accused the British government's Health Secretary of "deflecting blame" onto footballers after Matt Hancock said they should take a pay cut during the coronavirus crisis.
"Many are irate", one involved source told the Independent.
"I found that so freaky".