Chelsea become 1st PL club to confirm first-team squad will not take pay-cut
- Chelsea players will be the happiest at the moment after hearing that their wages will not be slashed
- The Blues announced that they have reached an agreement with their squad on what must be done after this move
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Chelsea have become the first Premier League club to confirm that they will not be slashing the wages of their first-team players despite the economic crisis caused by coronavirus pandemic.
The Blues further stated that their action will not stop them from their charitable activities all through the period of this deadly infection.
It will be recalled that leagues in England, and by extension across the globe have been on suspension due to the rate of lives already lost to COVID-19.
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This has forced football clubs all over to lose money due to lack of football matches, as the authorities are still preaching social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus.
According to BBC, the club had already made a statement that the men's team would take a 10% cut this month.
However, that has now changed after the representatives of the club and the players discussed extensively over the issue.
The publication further stated that the Chelsea board has told the players to continue to support charities, including the NHS.
"At this time, the men's first team will not be contributing towards the club financially and instead the board has directed the team to focus their efforts," the statement read.
"We are grateful to the team for having played their role in assisting the club with community activities as well as all the charitable causes they have been supporting in their respective home countries and through the Players Together initiative supporting the NHS."
The club added: "We are not planning any general redundancies or furloughs for our full-time staff who are continuing to be paid 100% of their current wages,"
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"We are continuing our current level of financial and other support to our professional women players and also to our women's academy programmes."
Meanwhile, London rivals Arsenal and their manager Mikel Arteta have agreed a 12.5% pay cut, while Liverpool, Tottenham, and Bournemouth reversed their decisions to furlough staff.
Newcastle United were the first Premier League club to place their non-playing staff on temporary leave and Norwich have also put staff on the job retention scheme.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Antonio Rudiger is making his own contributions to help in fight COVID-19 in his native home in Germany.
The Chelsea center-back has paid for the catering expenses in the hospital where he was born in Berlin for the next three months.
Rudiger spoke to the hospital management on how he could help them during the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
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