Coronavirus : Premier League captains discuss potential charity move

Agency, 4 April : Captains of Premier League clubs have held talks over several days about possible moves to give money to charity during the coronavirus pandemic.

The talks, led by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, took place shortly before the Premier League announced it would ask players to take a 30% pay cut in order to protect jobs.

Players across the league have faced calls to take a pay cut. Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has said players are “an easy target”.

During the call, Premier League captains discussed wage deferrals or cuts, or a move to help fund a charitable cause. They also discussed ongoing talks involving the Professional Footballers’ Association, the players’ union.

It is understood players are in advanced talks to set up a collective fund which will offer a “seriously significant” amount, with the NHS the likely beneficiary. It is not yet known how much will be contributed or if a flat amount from each club will be put forward.

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