The Premier League has been closed for more than a month as the coronavirus pandemic continues, and so far, it is not clear when the game will be able to return.
Alan Sugar criticises PL players
Tottenham ex-board chairman Alan Sugar has criticized Premier League players. Who have been reluctant to take down pay cuts, saying they fear many clubs will not be able to survive without them. The Premier League has been closed for more than a month as the coronavirus pandemic continues, and so far, it is not clear when the game will be able to return. As clubs continue to lose money from the lack of games. Alan expressed his concern about the future of the league, which he helped shape in 1992. “The Premier League has a lot of problems ahead,” Sugar told reporters. “This is not a question. I think the situation is difficult.” There has been much debate about how players can do their part to help, with Premier League players rejecting an across-the-board 30% pay cut last week.
Some clubs work from ‘hand to mouth’
Players expressed their concern that wage cuts will return money to their clubs, but will not finance the leading organizations that are at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus crisis. Instead, Premier League players launched the “Players Together” initiative this week, which will donate funds to National Health Service charities to fight the Covid-19 outbreak. Alan, however, believes that more needs to be done to help clubs – many of them, he said, do not have a significant excess of cash. “Some clubs just can’t afford it,” Sugar said. “They work from hand to mouth. They spend every penny on player transfers and player salaries, and they rely on the income that comes to pay their bills … And if you stop the revenue flow, where will they get the money from?”
The clubs have financial problems because they have 500 non-gaming employees
“We need to ask players to help support their clubs, as they did at Real Madrid,” added Sugar, while the Los Blancos recently confirmed that their players would take a salary cut of up to 20%. West Ham and Southampton players offered some relief clubs, both of which were the first in the Premier League to confirm the deferral of salaries for players. Alan also defended Tottenham’s current chairman Daniel Levy, who has been criticized for his decision to use the government coronavirus furor scheme in his non-playing staff. Liverpool announced that it would do the same to turn the tide after being heavily criticized for using public funds.
The Spurs has received a lot of criticism about the fact that Daniel Levy puts people on a furor,” Sugar said. “I do not understand the logic. Why? Because he is a company. It is a company. They have 500 non-gaming employees. It is no different from anyone else. “It is not otherwise to say that Topshop or one of these major retailers of clothing that was supposed to close. Liverpool seemed to have sunk under pressure.”