Premier League players 'prepared to step up' amid coronavirus crisis – Gordon Taylor


Liverpool are currently 25 points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League

Premier League players are “mindful of their social responsibilities” and are “prepared to step up to the mark” during the coronavirus pandemic, says Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor.

Talks are ongoing about a collective pay deal in response to the crisis.

The Premier League proposed a 30% pay cut, but the PFA said it would harm the NHS.

“It is a question of asking players to be involved,” Taylor told BBC Sport.

“The question needs to come from the clubs and then to open up on the table and say it is not a question of us using your money for purposes you don’t want.”

Premier League players are set to start negotiations on a club-by-club basis over proposed wage cuts after talks broke down without resolution over the weekend.

Four top-flight clubs – Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich – have placed some non-playing staff on furlough leave under the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, increasing the pressure on players to take a pay cut.

Premier League leaders Liverpool reversed the decision to furlough some staff after criticism from fans and former players.

“It is not for me to tell clubs how to run their businesses, it is for me to look at the players side of things,” said Taylor.

“A football club is an entity involving non-playing staff – they need to look at the position of non-playing staff, the youngsters at clubs, the academies, the community programmes in their own areas and the bigger picture of the national health.

“I can only repeat that the players are mindful of their social responsibilities and they are quite prepared to step up to the mark to deal with it.”

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