Manchester City become first Premier League club to confirm they won't furlough staff

In a week where the footballing world has come under intense scrutiny over its stance on pay cuts in relation to the coronavirus crisis, Manchester City have provided some more positive news.

Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth have all been heavily criticised for furloughing non-playing staff, with the government paying 80% of their wages instead.

With Liverpool and Spurs making £150m in profit between them according to their most recent accounts, their announcements have been met with pure disbelief by fans and pundits.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also been slammed by Wayne Rooney over his suggestion that footballers haven’t been doing their bit for the cause and should take a 30 per cent pay cut as tensions grow between the football and political worlds.

Manchester City have hopefully started a continuing trend though by stating that they won’t be furloughing any of their non-playing staff; the first Premier League club to make the announcement.

A City spokesperson stated: “We can confirm, following a decision by the chairman and board last week, that Manchester City will not be utilising the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (government-funded furloughing).

“We remain determined to protect our people, their jobs and our business, whilst at the same time doing what we can to support our wider community at this most challenging time for everybody.”

Despite receiving plenty of negative press over the speed at which footballing has responded to the coronavirus pandemic in terms of financial help, more encouraging stories are now starting to emerge.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has helped raise £20m for school children who usually rely on free school meals and could now be going without, with major supermarkets chipping in.

And plenty of other professionals have stated that they want to directly fund the NHS instead of taking the pay cut from their clubs.

So despite all the negativity surrounding football at the moment in relation to COVID-19, there are at least some silver linings appearing. We’ll hopefully see more clubs follow Man City’s lead over the coming days and weeks.

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