Premier League pay rises on bad work: UK Minister

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden (Photo Credit: Reuters)

The Premier League has been suspended for a month and the club has asked players and managers to take a 30% pay cut.

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  • Latest update: April 6, 2020, 4:54 PM IST

Manchester: The UK's Secretary of Culture, whose ministry is responsible for sports, warned the game should "think carefully about their next steps, as players' wage disputes will be reduced."

The Premier League, the most lucrative league in the world, has been suspended for a month and the club has asked players and managers to take a 30% pay cut.

The Players Association, the Professional Football Association (PFA), has yet to accept the cuts and they argued after Friday's meeting that it was not clear whether the low wages would reduce tax revenue for Health Services. National.

Writing in the Telegraph, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said that the exchange between the PFA and the Premier League on reducing wages "speaks volumes, especially at a time when many clubs have announced they will make more of them. their highest paid employees. "

Premier League leaders Liverpool announced on Saturday that they would use the government's hiring system to pay some non-playing staff, following similar decisions from Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Norwich City.

"Leaving the public purse to meet the costs of low-wage workers, while players earning millions and millions of untouched owners is something I know the public will rightly take for granted," Dowden wrote.

“In a time of national crisis, our national sport should play its part. I look forward to seeing football governing the mood of the country and reaching an agreement quickly, ”he added.

Dowden suggested the conflict between the league and its players would jeopardize the positive efforts of the sport.

"It is especially important that the controversy over players' salaries does not hinder all of the good work sport – including football – is doing to assist the government in its efforts to deal with coronavirus.

“I have the privilege to represent many beautiful industries, but sports was the first one to knock on my door with a wide range of NHS support lists, to help the most vulnerable in our country and keep families at home healthy. think, he said.

Dowden praised efforts from Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire and Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, along with English women Rachel Daly and Millie Bright along with other sports initiatives.

"When we go through this and live in sports it brings us that joy again, and the department should be able to look back on them knowing that they have also played their part," he said.

The PFA insisted that players would make donations but questioned the logic of the pay cut.

Taking a 30 percent pay cut would cost you an excessive amount. This is detrimental to the NHS and other government-funded services, ”they said.

Negotiations between the two sides continue this week.