Man City is the first English Premier League club to confirm that it will not furlough its non-playing staff. While this is not the case with Liverpool and Spurs, who have confirmed lowering their non-playing worker’s wages and persuading players to accept 30% less salary, which has found them criticized, Man City has chosen to take the other route go. The decision was made last week but was confirmed at the board level on Friday morning.
While many leagues and sports event has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the English Premier League among other top football leagues across Europe is on suspension. This has affected the financial flow of many clubs.
But for the Manchester city, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has not pushed them to an extent of furloughing their non-playing workers, as Liverpool and Tottenham have done even with the existing government job retention plan.
The government job retention scheme stipulates that when a worker has been Furloughed, he/she is only temporarily on leave, which might not be paid or salary cut, but must remain on the payroll, which means that job is still secure.
This should only be the case if there is no job for this employee or the company, the business is affected by the current pandemic and it cannot now afford to pay the salaries.
In the United Kingdom, the government offers to pay 80 percent of a worker on furlough, up to £ 2,500 a month before he can go back to work full-time. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will take at least three months from March 1st.
The club’s chief operating officer, Omar Berrada, confirmed the move, which was ratified at board level on Friday morning, by a written statement to hundreds of employees over the weekend.
Mr. Berrada added that there is a determination to protect jobs, even if the club is expected to face significant financial problems in the coming weeks and months.
The city’s spokesman said that following a chairman’s decision and board meeting last week, the club would not use the UK government’s job-keeping coronavirus program.
He added that the club will continue to be committed to protecting its employees, jobs, and business while doing everything it can to support its wider community in this challenging time.
However, the club manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he will accept the cut on his £ 20m salary when back in Manchester.
The boss is currently in Barcelona to mourn his mother Dolors Sala Carrio (82), who passed away on Monday after being infected with the new coronavirus.
Some club executives, including chief executive Ferran Soriano and football director Txiki Begiristain, have accepted the cut in wages, which will see the non-playing workers receive their full salary during this pandemic.
On the other hand, many other European football clubs are furloughing their non-playing staffs through the government job-retention scheme. However, they are being criticized. Liverpool, which has taken the same step has been criticized by its former club defender Carragher.
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