Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that the Leeds United players have agreed a deal to defer their wages in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.
That follows on from a report in the Athletic that said the club and players were in talks, with a £6,000 cap one of the options on the table.
Hay now claims that a deal has been struck between club, players and senior staff and that he is “expecting an announcement shortly”.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 26, 2020
BREAKING: Leeds have confirmed the deal on its official Twitter page.
💙 Side Before Self, Every Time
— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 26, 2020
It’s good to see the Leeds players stepping up and doing their bit to help the club through what Andrea Radrizzani said could be a “disaster” for the club financially.
The wage deferral means that other members of staff at Leeds can continue to get paid while the stadium and Thorp Arch complexes are shut down.
Birmingham became the first Championship club to agree to a wage cut, with most players agreeing a 50% reduction.
We’re not sure of the specifics of the Leeds deal but if wages were capped at £6,000 it could mean an 80% cut for the highest-paid players at Elland Road such as Patrick Bamford.
We expect other clubs will follow suit and it’s not just lower league players who are stepping up.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have already agreed similar deals as football tries to get through the crisis as best it can.
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