Several Premier League clubs have been harshly criticized for firing their non-gaming staff. Which allowed taxpayers to pay 80 percent of their regular salaries.
PL CEO Masters defends the clubs
Premier League CEO Richard Masters defended the clubs using a government vacation scheme. Stating that there was a real risk that some teams could fail during the coronavirus pandemic. Several Premier League clubs have been harsh criticizing for firing their non-gaming staff. Which allowed taxpayers to pay 80 percent of their regular salaries. Liverpool chose to fire its employees, but against the backdrop of the resonance. The Merseyside club backed away from this decision on Monday. At the same time, CEO Peter Moore admitted, “We believe we reached the wrong conclusion last week.”However, Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth, and Norwich all applied for a government-sponsored buffet. At the same time, other clubs, including Manchester City and Manchester United, announced that they would not use the scheme and pay their employees in full volume.
“Very real threat”
In a letter sent on Tuesday to the relevant Committee of the Department of Culture, Media and Sports, Masters defended the Premier League using this scheme. Stating that clubs going out of business is a “very real threat.”Not only is our industry facing losses, but to be realistic, we must also base our plans on full recovery, being at some distance,” Richard wrote. Ultimately, the hefty losses that we face will have to be sorting out, or else clubs and other enterprises that depending on football to leave an income will leave the business. We do not talk about it lightly and do not justify the decisions of the clubs; It is a genuine threat.”
Julian Knight: It’s ridiculous that clubs are interesting in government money
Despite the resonance about teams and their wealthy owners using state money. Saying that the government scheme for the release of funds is intended for all enterprises. “The vacation plan announced by the government is intended for the entire economy. Including many enterprises that can be considered as providing entertainment or otherwise depending on elite talents,” he said. “We agree with you that all should show restraint, and our clubs and we are doing that’s precisely it. However, Julian Knight, chairman of the government Committee for the Department of Culture, Media, and Sports, rejected Masters’ fears and said that criticism of clubs using this scheme are justified.
“It is frankly ridiculous to think that clubs are interesting in using government money to pay for non-gaming staff and fly in the face of public opinion,” he said.