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Footballers association seeking talks with Premier League, EFL over coronavirus

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    Reuters

London, United Kingdom   /   Thu, March 26, 2020   /   11:53 am
Footballers association seeking talks with Premier League, EFL over coronavirus Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L), Liverpool's Scottish defender Andrew Robertson (C) and Liverpool's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain react at the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on February 29, 2020. (AFP/Justin Tallis)

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) has called for urgent talks with the Premier League and English Football League to discuss the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

With English football suspended until at least April 30, the loss of matchday revenue has hit the clubs hard, especially in the lower leagues.

On Tuesday, Birmingham became the first Championship side to ask their players to take wage deferrals, while League Two's Forest Green Rovers said they will use the government's wage-support scheme to keep paying all their staff.

"As with other industries, the current COVID-19 crisis is having a severe impact on the finances of the game," the PFA said in a statement.

"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."

Earlier this month, the EFL announced it would release a 50 million pounds ($59.15 million) short-term relief fund to assist clubs whose survival is under threat.

The PFA also said it had worked closely with the Premier League, EFL and Women's Super League on training protocols to minimise the risk posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

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