EPL Players reject move to cut wages

English Premier League players rejected a move to cut wages by 30% during the coronavirus pandemic, escalating a bitter public row as the union claimed the government would lose out on more than 200 million pounds in tax revenue.

The Professional Footballers’ Association’s strident stance came after further talks Saturday involving clubs and the league as runaway leader Liverpool became the latest side defying political anger by using a government bailout scheme.

Under a job retention scheme implemented to help businesses survive the national lockdown, staff can be put on furlough and receive 80% of their salaries from the government, up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) a month. Liverpool said it would top up salaries to ensure staff received the full amount.

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