‘The Saints’ become first EPL club to defer player salaries

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English Premier League side, Southampton have confirmed that their first team players have agreed to deter part of their salaries a week after head coach Eddie Howe voluntarily took a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While ‘The Saints’ will not furlough non-playing club staff members, who will continue to receive 100% of their pay at least until June.

“The board of directors, the first-team manager, his coaching staff and the first-team squad have agreed to defer part of their salaries for the months of April, May and June to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve,” reads the club statement.

“Our owners, Mr. Gao and Katharina Liebherr, have put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.

“Any decision on the future beyond this date will be made in advance of this, but only when more information is known.”

In an effort to help generate funds to help tackle covid-19, Premier League players have started a collective initiative – contribution fund called Players Together while some teams including Liverpool, Newcastle, Chelsea Manchester United, Tottenham Spurs, Aston Villa and Manchester City have raised and donated money to charities, night shelters and soup kitchens in and around their areas, assisting the most vulnerable.

“Everyone at the club remains fully committed to the community we value so highly in Southampton. We will continue to offer our full support to the city of Southampton through the work of the Saints Foundation and provide any further assistance we can,” added Southampton.

“Meanwhile, we will continue to prepare our club for a return to the pitch and make sure that, when safe, we are ready to play and serve the people of Southampton again.”

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