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Pay cuts and financial help – Premier League make further announcement regarding the completion of this season

The Premier League have announced further steps as they attempt to complete the 2019/20 season.

Originally football was due to recommence this weekend. That was extended further to April 30th. Now an official statement has been made following a meeting of all 20-Premier league clubs.

The league’s official Twitter account posted the following this afternoon.

The statement explains a decision has been taken to fulfil plans to complete the season, but only when it is safe to do so.

‘It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.’

‘The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.’

‘With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition.’

‘However, any return to play will only be with the full support of Government and when medical guidance allows.’

The statement also touched on the financial implications involved.

‘The sporting and financial implications for Premier League clubs as well as for The FA, EFL and National League were considered at today’s meeting.’

The league are to consult with the PFA and clubs to ask for players to take a 30% pay cut in their wages.

‘In the face of substantial and continuing losses for the 2019/20 season since the suspension of matches began, and to protect employment throughout the professional game, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to consult their players regarding a combination of conditional reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of total annual remuneration.’

The statement further reiterated the leagues’ commitment to helping the NHS by committing £20m to supporting communities, and the most vulnerable.

Money will also be made available to clubs further down the pyramid to help with any financial problems.

To read the full statement, click here.

Chelsea have not played since the 4-0 win against Everton, nearly four weeks ago. It’s anyone’s guess how long it will be before we next see the Blues in action. For now it’s far more important to stay safe and follow government guidelines to stop the spread of Covid-19.

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