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  21 months ago

Are morals and ethics irrelevant in sport?

As hundreds more companies furlough employees amid the current economic downfall, thousands more workers are concerned - bringing to light again the great income disparity that exists between those who are “essential” and “non-essential” players in a business.

In sports, it’s a seemingly familiar scenario, those at the top will continue to receive their six-figure salaries and bonuses while those towards the bottom will be hit most. It’s thought that Premier League clubs and their players have a moral duty to forego their salaries during the pandemic, if only to to protect non-playing staff, who also play key roles in keeping clubs afloat.

It highlights again the bizarre economics and notoriously high earnings of those in English football and those of many other Western countries as well as the abuse and profiteering of furlough schemes at any given chance.

Some clubs see their chief executives, directors and managers taking significant voluntary payouts at the cost of the taxpayer, while continuing to pay footballers in excess of £100,000 per week.

Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Norwich City are some of the clubs that are seeking public money to pay their employees, while continuing to pay certain players its regular eye-watering salaries, reports Sports Mail.

Speaking of the fiasco, Julian Knight, the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee added: “What sticks in the throat is to see players at home collecting large sums of money while relying on taxpayers to meet 80 per cent [of salaries under the furlough scheme.] That strikes me as morally wrong and not what the furlough scheme is for.”

Should footballers continue to receive their ridiculously high salaries while others rely on public money to receive their salaries?

Do you think football fans should receive a refund for their season tickets despite all matches being cancelled/postponed until further notice?

Would you agree that this is a misuse of a furloughing scheme?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Influence your world,

Toluna Team


  21 months ago
They should be definitely taking a pay cut without a shadow of a doubt. NHS workers should be on there wage and they should be ok there’s!


  21 months ago
Footballers get too much money as it is n should defiantly take a pay cut


  21 months ago
They rich as it is


  21 months ago
They have enough from playing and sponsorship to weather the storm.


  21 months ago
Footballers get paid far too much in normal times. They should not be paid whilst on furlough. They won’t suffer any hardship but their clubs will


  21 months ago
like others, i feel footballers should take a pay cut to help pay for the wages of the full time staff and lower league teams.... especially when fans are losing their jobs and the clubs own staff... i just hope people get the benefit of all that tax and I they are paying though i guess.


  21 months ago
People need to see footballers as exactly what they are. They are an asset to the companies who pay their wages. These players make theose companies millions and millions per year not only from things like fans buying tickets to see them and money earned through footballing endeavours, but also things like selling shirts and memorabilia with their names on them, advertising revenue that specifically involve the player and many other things. The players themselves are fairly compensated because of this. If the player didnt get the money for their image then that money would only go straight into the owners back pocket.
With all of that said I do think that morally the plyers should and probably want to help out in any way they can. Unfortunately no matter how much money the players give up there will always be the Mike Ashleys and Daniel Levys of this world that would still abuse the furlough system to save a few quid. If you have an issue with anyone in this situation it should be the greedy owners and not the players.


  21 months ago
No footballer is worth £100,000 per week and should consider them selves very lucky to be doing something they love. They should consider £100,000 per month to be obscene let alone a week


  21 months ago
No they should have a pay cut


  21 months ago
Think of the income tax & NIC they're paying too
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