52-year-old businessman Simon Jordan was the owner of Crystal Palace from 2000 through 2010, and he has always been outspoken.
And today he has been on talkSPORT and has blasted those clubs – Newcastle, Norwich, and Tottenham for furloughing their staff.
They are taking advantage of the government paying those employees 80% of their wages up to a maximum of £2,5K per month.
The players who earn huge wages, of course, are not being furloughed.
Norwich have been a little bit more sensible by paying their employees so they don’t lose any money – so in effect, they are taking what they can from the government and topping up the wages from their own funds.
This is some of what Simon Jordan has said today on talkSPORT
“I believe there is a moral issue around an industry like football that has been awash with money,”
“Football players and football clubs over the last five years have really had it on their toes with the revenues that have increased because of the broadcasters.”
“I think there is a situation here where football has to look at itself and say, ‘do I really, just because the government is offering its teat, have to nuzzle on that?’.”
“’Do I really have to take that money, that £2,500 per employee or 80% of it, to support myself?’.
“I don’t think they should do it (furlough staff).”
“I think it is an awful look for football, and I think it’s awful Premier League footballers are being paid £250K to £500K a week and the government is having to support Premier League clubs.”
“There’s a balancing act between being commercially sensible about what you are doing and not disadvantaging yourself as a business, and looking at yourself and thinking ‘am I the sport that’s eating myself?’.
“The guys that have to close their restaurants and the guys that have to close their commercial businesses are going to lose that revenue and possibly never get it back.
“Are we suggesting football is never going to get this revenue back? If football suddenly gets these games back and we get through this dreadful crisis, how did these businesses need that money?
“Come on! There is a moral obligation here – there has to be.
“Football has GOT to take a pay cut!”
“How about these people working in the confines of awful conditions who are under-resourced and underpaid, if we can print money to bail out self-employed people,.
“If we can print money to furlough Newcastle United employees that Mike Ashley doesn’t want to pay, then I’m pretty sure the government can reward these people who are working in these conditions by giving them more money.”
There’s an awful lot of truth in what Simon Jordan says.