Alan Shearer has suggested that a ‘universal’ pay cut for Premier League footballers is not necessarily the right course of action amid calls for the game’s stars to play their part in the coronavirus crisis.
The Premier League has proposed a pay-cut of 30% across the board amongst the division’s players to help contribute aid during the global pandemic, echoing comments from government health secretary Matt Hanock, who urged the country’s leading footballers to take cuts after several clubs announced decisions to furlough non-playing staff.
The PFA have argued against an enforced pay cut, saying that it would restrict funds to the NHS due to a drop in taxation, while Wayne Rooney said that weekend that any cuts should be on a player-by-player basis.
Shearer has echoed Rooney’s sentiments as to whether a universal wage cut is the right solution, though he is sure that players will want to contribute regardless of what is publicised in the media.
“The Premier League has proposed a universal 30% pay-cut for all players, but where would that money go, exactly?” Shearer said in an interview with the BBC. “Would it harm the NHS by reducing the Government’s tax income, as the Professional Footballers’ Association claims?
“Of course the players are entitled to ask these kind of questions, because not only will they want to do the right thing, but they will also want their money to be used in the best possible way.
“You also have to remember their wages will vary hugely, in the top flight alone. Not all Premier League players are multi-millionaires, yet they are being generalised – and, in some places, criticised – as a single group whether they are superstars or not.
“From my own experiences, however, everyone will want to do their bit, whatever their circumstances.
“I am sure that over the coming days and weeks we will see Premier League players donating millions of pounds to where they feel is necessary.
“We have seen several of them do that already, of course – Marcus Rashford and David de Gea have got involved with charities here and abroad, and Jordan Henderson has set up a fund for the NHS.
“But just because you have not read about it on social media does not mean that more individuals are not doing similar things.”