Fury as football players’ union claims cutting Premier League star’s wages would be ‘detrimental’ to NHS – The Sun


THE PFA last night sparked fury by refusing to back a 30 per cent pay cut for Premier League players as it would be “detrimental” to the NHS.

The players’ union statement came after a conference call with the Premier League and the League Managers’ Association to discuss the plans.

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No agreement was reached but it was proposed the Premier League would advance £125m to the English Football League and National League, and give £20m towards the NHS. The PFA said: “£20m is welcome, but we believe it could be far bigger.

"The players are mindful that as PAYE employees, the combined tax on their salaries is a significant contribution to funding essential public services — which are especially critical at this time.”

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PFA chief Gordon Taylor is facing anger from politicians and ex-players over his handling of the crisis, and faces calls to take a cut from his own £2million deal.

Ex-Defence Minister John Spellar said: “Gordon Taylor should lead by example, wake up and smell the coffee.

"This is a national crisis.”

England goalie legend Peter Shilton warned of the “damage” the row could cause to the football industry.


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