Premier League players have joined forces to create an initiative which aims to raise funds for National Health Service (NHS) charities during the coronavirus pandemic and distribute them ‘where they are needed most’.
Top-flight stars came under fire after some clubs placed non-playing staff on the government’s furlough scheme, with UK health secretary Matt Hancock last week calling for Premier League players to take a pay cut.
Premier League clubs proposed wage deductions or deferrals of around 30 per cent to mitigate the financial impact of the crisis. The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), the English players’ union, are in talks with players and clubs currently.
Jordan Henderson who spearheaded the new initiative alongside Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford tweeted a statement about an initiative #PlayersTogether, which has partnered with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT).
A statement said: ‘Over the course of the last week we, as a group of Premier League players, have held numerous talks together with the vision of creating a contribution fund that can be used to distribute money to where it’s needed most in this COVID-19 crisis; helping those fighting for us on the NHS frontline as well as other key areas of need.
‘This is a critical time for our country and for our NHS, and we are determined to help in any way that we can.
‘We can confirm that after extensive conversations between a huge number of players from all Premier League clubs we have created our own collective player initiative, #PlayersTogether, and have partnered with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT) in order to assist them in generating and distributing funds quickly and efficiently to where they are needed most.’
Reporting Majid Lavji
Source UK Media