English footballers' union seeks urgent talks to protect salaries

Folkestone Invicta are chasing promotion this season

Folkestone Invicta are chasing promotion this season

The message from the league was circulated to clubs stating that they want to close the season as soon as possible, and that they were in talks with the FA over postponing the remaining fixtures amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Football Association appears to have taken the first step towards conceding the English football season can not be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic by ordering the clubs at the bottom of the football pyramid to end the season immediately.

World governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association has established a working group to look at temporary dispensations and amendments to standard June 30 contracts, in the expectation that many leagues will need to play on well beyond that date in order to complete the 2019-20 season. Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has called for Premier League clubs to help lower division clubs.

Premier League chief executives will discuss the prospect of asking players to take pay deferrals when the 20 top flight clubs stage their next video conference on April 3, sources have told ESPN. Several clubs have already approached players with a view to imposing pay deferrals.

The PFA said: "As with other industries, the crisis is having a severe impact on the finances of the game".

The decision would have a knock-on effect for the EFL and Premier League, who have both said that they are committed to completing the current campaign.

The PFA are likely to resist pay cuts but may have to be open to deferrals while the Government relief programme announced last week could see players at all levels being paid 80 per cent of their wages up to £2,500-a-month.

The PFA also said it had worked closely with the Premier League, EFL and Women's Super League on training protocols to minimise the risk posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

The union is also part of discussions at global level regarding contracts and the resumption of league action.

"In these hard times, there is a strong public consensus for football to be seen as acting in solidarity with other workers and industries affected by the crisis".

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