On Wednesday, it was reported that the Premier League held a meeting with the Professional Footballers’ Association over player wages. That meeting was held and involved not only the EPL and the PFA but also the English Football League and the League Managers’ Association.
Leading up to the meeting, some clubs have trying to forge a consensus on deferring player wages, wage cuts, and staff furloughs to present a unified front for yesterday’s meeting. The Mirror is reporting that the PFA notified all of its members to not accept any wage cuts or deferrals before contacting them first.
Gordon Taylor– PFA chief reluctant to accept wage cuts for his members
According to this report, the PFA are reluctant to accept wage cuts but willing to discuss wage deferrals. The EPL, however, believes that significant wage cuts are necessary.
A recent letter from the PFA said the following:
“The PFA requested to see each club’s financial situation before we offer advice to players on whether to accept the terms offered.
“Before accepting or signing any paperwork from your club, it is vitally important that squads collectively discuss proposals with the PFA.”
The meeting ended yesterday without an agreement but was constructive enough for new meetings to be on the cards for the next few days. The following joint statement was issued:
“Senior representatives from the PFA, Premier League, EFL, and LMA met today 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.”
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