Liverpool are being heavily criticised for putting their non-playing staff on furlough during the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision made by the club will see staff acquire 80% of their salary from the government's universal credit scheme, with Liverpool making up the missing 20% themselves.
They're the second top six Premier League club after Tottenham to place staff on furlough and it's sparked a lot of debate.
Why are clubs who have enjoyed financial success of late taking advantage of a government scheme when other businesses around the world are failing?
It's a controversial - and morally wrong - decision and one that has not gone down well across the sporting world. Even Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has slammed the club, stating that they've lost the respect they've built up since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Carragher tweeted to his 1.5 million followers: "Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in @premierleague players taking wage cuts. Then all that respect & goodwill is lost, poor this @LFC."
When Liverpool legends who are avid supporters of the Reds are taking this stance, you know that the decision is a total and utter PR disaster.
Watts posted on Twitter: "Last season’s two Champions League finalists - who between them announced combined profits of £129m for 2018/19 - now using a Government scheme to pay 80 per cent of staff’s wage just four weeks into a shutdown. It’s completely indefensible."
It's sad that with the world in the state that it is in that football is continuing to produce negativity.
Liverpool and Tottenham have made millions in the past few years and there is absolutely no way that they couldn't afford to pay their staff for the next few months.
The decisions from both clubs is beyond selfish and it's only right that they're condemned by those affiliated with the teams.
So well said, Jamie Carragher!
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