Premier League players have created a charitable initiative with funds going to the National Health Service to support their continued battle against coronavirus.
Several players took to social media to share a joint statement with the hashtag #PlayersTogether.
Players have come under increased criticism and pressure from politicians during the coronavirus crisis. Indeed, health secretary Matt Hancock called upon them take a wage cut.
But no agreement was reached following negotiations between players and the league.
The #PlayersTogether statement, which was shared on social media by several players including Fabinho, Fernandinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Dele Alli, Leroy Sane and more, reads: "Over the course of the last week we, as a group of Premier League players, have held numerous talks together with the vision of creating a contribution fund that can be used to distribute money to where it's needed most in this COVID19 crisis; helping those fighting for us on the NHS frontline as well as other key areas of need. This is a critical time for our country and our NHS, and we are determined to help in any way we can.
"We can confirm that after extensive conversations between a huge number of players from al Premier League clubs we have created our own collective player initiative, #PlayersTogether, and have partnered with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT) in order to assist them in generating and distributing funds quickly and efficiently to where they are needed most.
"NHSCT is the national umbrella organisation for over 150 registered NHS charities, working closely with the Charity Commission, Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England to represent, champion, and support the NHS' official charities. NHSCT are the official charity partner of the NHS nationally.
"The contributions that this initiative will generate will help NHSCT quickly grant funds to the front line to support in a number of ways, including to help enhance the well-being of NHS Staff, volunteers and patients impacted by COVID-19 as well as helping them in their work supporting many other critical areas of need both now and in the longer term.
"#PlayersTogether is about we, as players, collaborating together to create a voluntary initiative, separate to any other club and league conversations, that can help get much needed funds to those that need it right now. To try and help, along with so many others in the country, make a real difference.
"Our prayers and thoughts go out to everybody affected by this crisis. By sticking together, we will get through this.
"Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives."
A wonderful effort from everyone involved.
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