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PL superstars cash could have helped threatened clubs

I’ve been holding off saying this and even as I commit the first few words onto the screen I’m reaching for the tin helmet plus suit of armour.

The players decision to send money to the NHS is all well and good but if they were determined to do something for charity why not send it to their colleagues in the EFL some of whom could be without a club very soon.

The BBC wrote a piece yesterday saying that the League could go into collective administration making every player a free transfer – they might have said it’s the meltdown of meltdowns.

If ever the game we love so much needed help from the people inside it then that time is now, yet the people who earn the most from it aren’t ready to provide a penny either for their clubs or those who could be losing their jobs in the League.

The NHS should be funded by the taxpayer. It’s why we pay our takes and sadly £4m to £5 million from charity right now isn’t going to help those who are in intensive care.

If the players want to send money to the NHS privately as well as ensuring our game remains as far as possible in tact good on ’em.

But our clubs need to survive when this is over and so do the people in it. As the old saying goes: Charity begins at home!

Seems to me the players have made a cheap trick have decided to gain some cheap admiration after taking a hammering from the politicians and I reckon they have got it badly wrong!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “PL superstars cash could have helped threatened clubs


    The whole thing started coz clubs started furloughing low paid staff and going for the govt money

    Players should’ve given up 4 weeks wages and they likely could have paid each low paid member of staff for the rest of this sorry saga.

    The bottom line is, this charitable donation will be tax deductible. The players gain from it, it’s not anywhere near as selfless as they’re making out.

  2. Absolutely right. Where is the support for their employers. Cheap trick but British public is very gullible. If these selfish millionaires get away with their cheap trick it would confirm many people’s opinion that the government, the EPL, and the fans are stupid.

  3. I agree with you, Hugh. The issue with the players is that they simply make a sacrifice in order to try & save the clubs from going out of existence. Charity donations are all very well (& highly commendable), but that is a personal issue. What we fans want to see is the players showing some concern for the clubs. My son is a pilot, he has taken a 50% pay cut – to try to ensure that his employer stays in existence. There are plenty of others , in other walks of life, who have done the same. The players MUST do their bit !

  4. Many of us donate to charities according to our means and individual players could and should be doing that anyway. We don’t know financial details yet but Prem players could all put a percentage into a fund to be distributed later – especially as they are not fulfilling their contractual obligations at this time.

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