Furious Tottenham players force club into U-turn over non-playing staff

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Tottenham Hotspur have reversed their decision to put on leave 550 non-playing staff after players expressed their fury at the club’s controversial call.

Spurs have joined Liverpool in backtracking on their original plan to use tax payers’ cash via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which entitles businesses to claim from the British government 80 per cent of an employee’s monthly wage.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said at the end of March they would reduce the wages of 550 staff members by 20 per cent, while utilising the government’s scheme with a number of staff furloughed during the outbreak.

That decision led to widespread criticism and scrutiny and Tottenham made a U-turn on Monday, stating all non-playing staff will receive 100 per cent of their pay for April and May.

A statement from Spurs read: “We are acutely aware that many supporters were against the decision we made regarding furloughing staff who could not carry out their jobs from home – due to the nature of their work – and our intention to apply, if applicable, for the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), a scheme designed to ensure that jobs and employment rights are protected.”

“Indeed we have seen opposition from fans to fellow Premier League clubs accessing the CJRS too. This once again underlines that we bear different pressures to other businesses, many of whom have and will continue to apply for support from the scheme as the Government intended” read the statement.

Reports in England suggest that Spurs players were left angered by the club’s decision to furlough non-playing staff, as well as the move to enforce 20 per cent pay cuts to other employees.

There was a feeling within the squad that the decision reflected dismally on the club as a whole, with the hierarchy known to have been made aware of their players’ resentment.

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