Last Friday, Danny Rose spoke to the BBC and issued a response to the growing notion that Premier League players were not willing to do their part during this coronavirus crisis.
Danny had already made a donation to £19k donation to the North Middlesex Hospital and followed that up on Monday by donating hundreds of pizzas to the staff.
There have been other players who have stepped up during this crisis, including Miguel Almiron, David De Gea, Marcus Rashford, and Jordan Henderson.
Alan Shearer has defended the Premier League players in comments he made to the BBC recently.
Alan believes that the players will be very willing to play their part, and in fact, he contends that many already have.
“Not many Premier League players will need to be told to play their part in the fight against the financial effects of coronavirus.
“A lot of them are high earners who should definitely contribute, but I am sure the vast majority have always been willing to help if they haven’t already.”
The issue with many of the players is how to contribute. The league and the clubs are calling for the players to take wage cuts. However, the players are hesitant to do so as they don’t know who that actually benefits.
Shearer touched on this issue in his recent comments. He asserted that the players are right to be wary of blindly accepting wage cuts without full disclosure of what that actually means.
“The Premier League has proposed a universal 30% pay-cut for all players, but where would that money go, exactly? Would it harm the NHS by reducing the Government’s tax income, as the Professional Footballers’ Association claims?
“Of course, the players are entitled to ask these kinds of questions, because not only will they want to do the right thing, but they will also want their money to be used in the best possible way.”
Finally, Alan backs the players to do the right thing. He believes plans are in motion that will see millions of pounds reaching those most in need in the coming weeks.
“From my own experiences, however, everyone will want to do their bit, whatever their circumstances.
“I am sure that over the coming days and weeks, we will see Premier League players donating millions of pounds to where they feel is necessary.”
It was reported over the weekend that the players plan to establish their own charity to support non-playing staff at clubs, the NHS, and vulnerable children.
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