Athletic journalist Phil Hay has claimed that the Leeds United players are in talks over a temporary salary cap with all football suspended in the UK because of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

His detailed report came on the back of owner Andrea Radrizzani admitting that talks with the players were taking place.

One of the options is a £6,000 cap, which would see the highest-earning players taking around an 80% pay cut.

Other clubs in the Championship are doing the same, with Birmingham asking players earning over £6,000 to take a 50% cut.

The news has split fans. Some think it’s a sensible move with the whole country facing an uncertain future.

However, others are deeply concerned by the move with just nine games to go in the Champiobship, and they won’t feel any better if they read that Radrizzani has said the club faces a potential ‘disaster’ because of lost revenue.

We’re with the former group. Leeds are going to lose around £2.5m from the loss of gate receipts from the remaining five home games.

If they get played they’re likely to be behind closed doors and Leeds will be hard pushed to get anywhere near the same revenue by selling live streams.

As one fan said, “Calm down everyone, inevitable. Completely inevitable” – and that’s the bottom line. This is a measure put in place to avoid disaster, not one that means Leeds are heading towards one.

When players from clubs like Bayern Munich are accepting a wage cut, it is going to be the norm in the Championship.

However, that’s not the way a lot of Leeds fans are seeing it on Twitter…

There was a much more measured reaction from other Leeds fans who are proud of the players for agreeing to the temporary cut in wages.

In other Leeds United news, Radrizzani details sensational Leeds talks over Ibrahimovic in January, admits it could still happen

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