England Lionesses squad have donated to an initiative set up by Premier League players to support the NHS and other frontline staff during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lionesses announced to donate to the fund – #PlayersTogether – on their social media accounts, led off by captain Steph Houghton.
“After discussions with a number of Premier League players, we are delighted to confirm that the whole of the Lionesses squad will make a collective donation to the #PlayersTogether fund,” said in the statement.
The fund was established after meetings between Premier League players including Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Manchester United’s Harry Maguire to discuss the best way to help during the crisis and has partnered with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT). The players announced their contribution a week ago with public support from fans and frontline workers.
Players dismissed the Premier League’s initial proposal for a 30% wage cut as they wanted control over where the money was going.
In a statement – posted by more than 150 Premier League players on social media announcing the initiative – they said they were “collaborating together to create a voluntary initiative, separate to any other league and club conversation”.
The level of contributions by the Lionesses has not been announced.
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