Premier League players back against the wall over coronavirus, says Rose
LONDON: Newcastle defender Danny Rose is willing to contribute a part of his salary to those who fight against coronavirus sprout but it says Premier league the players feel that their backs are against the wall.
The high-flying stars have come under increasing pressure for government officials to cut wages after various clubs said they would use public money to subsidize the payment of non-playing staff.
The Premier league said on Friday that clubs would consult players over a combination of pay cuts and deferrals amounting to 30 percent of their annual salary.
They agreed to provide a £ 125 million ($ 153 million) fund for the English Football League and National League and pledged £ 20 million in charitable support for those affected by the coronavirus.
The talks were to take place on Saturday between the league, the clubs and the players' representatives.
Newcastle, where Rose is on loan, and his parent club, Tottenham, are among clubs to have furloughed some non-playing staff during the crisis, prompting criticism as players continue to receive their full salary.
We are eager to make something happen, Rose told the BBC.
I can only speak for myself, but I would have no problem contributing some of my salary to the people fighting on the front line and to the people who have been affected by what is happening at the moment.
On Friday, a London hospital identified Rose as the person behind a £ 19,000 donation to hospital funds.
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson led talks between Premier league club captains over what action they could take, a move that begun before Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Thursday joined those singling out footballers.
We feel like our backs are against the wall, Rose said. Conversations were held before people outside of soccer commented.
I have been on the phone with Jordan Henderson and he is working very hard to find something.
It was simply not necessary for people who were not involved in soccer to tell soccer players what they should do with their money. That seemed strange to me.
Los Lobos captain Conor Coady said it was time for the players to help out.
It's great to see people trying to make the effort, he said. It is something that everyone wants to be a part of. As footballers, it is important that we help as many people as possible.
What comes out now is the 30 percent cut. They judge us every day of our lives. Now is the time to go ahead and make a donation.
On Saturday, Burnley said they would face a shortfall of up to £50 million if the Premier league season could not be completed.
"It's a completely unprecedented situation that we and other Premier league clubs face and which we could not have foreseen in anyway only just a few weeks ago," said Burnley chairman Mike Garlick.
"It's now not just about Burnley or any other individual club any more, it's about the whole football ecosystem from the Premier league downwards and all the other businesses and communities that feed from that ecosystem."