By Craig Scott

24th Apr, 2020 | 10:02am

'That cannot be fair' - Promotion rival supports big sanction against Leeds

Preston manager Alex Neil has supported calls for Leeds United to be hit with a transfer embargo once football is back up and running again.

Leeds were one of the first clubs in England to introduce player wage deferrals to ensure that the club’s non-playing staff can be paid in full for the duration of the coronavirus-enforced suspension of the Championship season.

However, Leeds’ decision has not gone down well with their promotion rivals.

An unnamed Championship club chief told the Sun that “clubs should be in for a transfer embargo” if they have deferred player wages as it hands them an unfair advantage in the transfer market.

Preston boss Neil has suggested that he agrees with that notion, with the sixth-placed promotion contenders one of those to have not deferred player wages.

“If people are taking wage cuts or deferrals then people are putting cases forward that they shouldn’t be allowed to sign any other players,” said Neil, as quoted by LancsLive.

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“Because if they can’t currently pay the players they have got then why should they then be allowed to use the money they have deferred from wages to then invest in their squad to bring better or more players in?

“I don’t think that clubs who have run their finances in an organised and good manner should then be hampered and hamstrung when other teams are maybe slashing wages and then the window opens and we get out-bid for a player that they have brought with money that they have deferred from another player.

“That cannot be fair. So it will be really interesting to see how that comes out in the wash.”

It is hard to see why Neil and other clubs think this way.

Not only can they try to do it themselves in order to cut costs while there’s no football on, but the money that Leeds are saving from player wage deferrals is also being spent on wages of non-playing staff members.

Sure, it might mean the Whites are saving more money than other clubs are at the moment but that money will still get spent on wages in the long-run.

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