PFA advising players against accepting a wage deferral or reduction

As thousands of non-playing staff are being placed on furlough up and down the country, the PFA are advising the players not to accept a wage deferral or reduction at this moment of time.

Talks between the PFA, Premier League and EFL broke up without any agreement on Wednesday and are expected to continue over the next few days.

The following statement was issued: “Senior representatives from the PFA, Premier League, EFL and LMA met today (Wednesday) and shared a constructive meeting regarding the challenges facing the game as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The meeting reiterated that the overriding priority is the health and well-being of the nation – including that of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters – and everyone agreed football must only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

“No decisions were taken today with discussions set to continue in the next 48 hours with a focus on several high-profile matters, including player wages and the resumption of the 2019/20 season.”

According to The Daily Mail, Premier League clubs are in a stand-off over wages with their players, whose agents and union are advising them not to agree any deferrals or cuts ahead continued minutes taking place over the next few days.

The PFA Chief executive, Gordon Taylor, has written to all his members advising them against accepting a wage deferral or reduction, something Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has gone against.

The young English manager has became the first Premier League figure to take a voluntary pay cut on Wednesday after seeing 50 members of staff being placed on furlough.

Last week, Town boss Paul Lambert offered to defer his wages in a bid to assist the immediate cashflow of the club.

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