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Paul Robinson has said that the deal that was announced by Leeds, that players and backroom staff had agreed to a wage deferral, was an “outstanding gesture”.
The deal was announced on the official Leeds Twitter site on Thursday morning and it means that non-footballing staff can be paid while the stadium and Thorp Arch are shut.
All the Leeds players have agreed to defer part of their wages until the Coronavirus outbreak is over and the season can resume.
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Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I think it’s an outstanding gesture and I can see other Championship clubs following suit.
“If a footballer in the Premier League or the Championship only gets half of his wages for three months it won’t cause as much financial pain as the non-footballing staff, the cogs of the club.
“The clubs are going to come under huge pressure without gate receipts. I think it’s an outstanding gesture and a really good way of looking at things. I certainly wouldn’t have had a problem doing it as a player.
“We’re very well rewarded as players, everyone has financial commitments, but I think it’s easier for a footballer to go without half his wages so that others can live their lives. I think it’s an outstanding gesture and a great idea.
“As a football club, the togetherness and camaraderie at Leeds, it’s rarely seen, it’s a really special trait the club, fans and staff have… It’s one huge community.
“This isn’t a PR stunt, it’s a genuine heartfelt thing.”
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