Leeds United are the latest club to reportedly consider a salary cap and wage deferral in order to stem their spending during the suspension of the Championship.
Earlier this month, the EFL took the decision to suspend the league due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping across the world.
According to BBC Radio Leeds journalist Adam Pope, the Whites have discussed certain courses of action in order to decrease their expenditure during this period.
While nothing is agreed as of yet, it is something that could be done with Birmingham City already deferring their players’ wages.
Leeds United are one of many EFL sides having a discussion about a possible salary cap & wage deferral to ease the financial burden on their club during the coronavirus pandemic. Nothing agreed yet but squad have been receptive to all measures to date #lufc pic.twitter.com/dHp3L2GcHS
— Adam Pope (@apopey) March 24, 2020
The PFA have since responded to this approach by clubs because this is no doubt having a major impact on members of the association.
“As with other industries, the current COVID-19 crisis is having a severe impact on the finances of the game,” said a PFA statement, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Several clubs have already approached players with a view to imposing pay deferrals.
“In order to deal with this situation, we have called for an urgent meeting with both the Premier League and the EFL to discuss how we might proceed going forward.”
If players agree to cap their salary or take pay deferrals then it is hard to see the PFA taking much of an issue with this.
In the long-term, it is better for players to earn less now, during a period when the club is making less money, so that their job is safe in the coming weeks and months.
Some clubs, especially lower down the league ladder, are bound to really struggle during this period of uncertainty.
Leeds should be okay but taking steps like this could be crucial.
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