Liverpool have reversed their decision to place non-playing staff on the government’s furlough scheme following the backlash over the move.
The Reds became the third Premier League club after Tottenham and Bournemouth to apply for the coronavirus retention scheme that would see scores of employees receive their wages from the government of up to 80%.
Liverpool had planned to use the staff to pay around 200 staff but club legends like Jamie Carragher criticised the decision, saying it went against the club’s values.
However, after taking much criticism, Liverpool have now announced that they were ‘wrong’ and have reversed the decision.
‘We have consulted with a range of key stakeholders as part of a process aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for all concerned,’ a statement read.
‘A range of possible scenarios were considered, including but not restricted to : applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which pays 80% of salary and guaranteeing the 20% payment; applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with a guarantee to reimburse monies received at a later date and, thirdly, finding an alternative means to cover our furlough costs.
‘It is as a direct result of this extensive consultation and our own internal deliberations at various levels throughout the Club that we have opted to find alternative means despite our eligibility to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
‘We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that.
‘Our intentions were, and still are, to ensure the entire workforce is given as much protection as possible from redundancy and/or loss of earnings during this unprecedented period’
It comes after Manchester United announced that they would not be using the scheme.
The Red Devils confirmed that they will pay non-playing staff, of which there are around 950, fully throughout the pandemic.
The Premier League continue to discuss a resolution to player pay cuts after an initial proposal that all clubs take a cut of 30% was dismissed.
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