The Premier League players made a financial contribution to the fight against the corona virus on Wednesday. They jointly donate an amount to the English health institution National Health Service (NHS).
“We wanted to contribute to those who need it most: those who fight hard against the corona virus. Those are the people of the NHS and the other healthcare institutions,” a statement read.
“After many and long conversations with a huge group of players from all twenty Premier League clubs, we have launched our own initiative: #PlayersTogether. With this voluntary initiative, we hope to make a real difference.”
The players do not make any statements about the amount of the donated amount, but it would be 4 million British pounds (over 4.5 million euros). Many players, including Virgil van Dijk, have shared the statement on social media.
Players refused a temporary salary cut
There is much to do in England for the financial resources of football players. Premier League players declined a temporary salary cut of 30 percent earlier this week, as this would have indirect negative health consequences.
“The proposal to turn in a 30 percent salary for twelve months amounts to £ 500 million in loss of income. That would result in a loss of £ 200 million in taxpayers’ money. What would that lost tax revenue mean for the NHS? Was that thought about? “
The Premier League has been frozen indefinitely due to the corona crisis. The clubs recently announced that the season “will only resume if it is safe and appropriate, and only with the full support of the government and under medical supervision”.
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