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Coronavirus UK: PFA strike a deal with Mansfield Town to guarantee player wages amid crisis

The PFA has struck a compromise with Mansfield Town after their players were asked to agree a wage reduction by club chairman John Radford.

Staff received a letter on Wednesday asking them to sign an agreement allowing the club to ask the government to pay 80 per cent of their wages up to a maximum of £2,500. 

The furlough scheme is being utilised by businesses across the country who have been hit by the coronavirus lockdown.

Football clubs such as Forest Green Rovers and MK Dons have proposed similar cuts for their staff. However, the PFA had initially warned players on Thursday to hold off signing any agreements as they were unsure whether footballers on fixed contracts are deemed eligible under the government guidelines.

After further talks though, the PFA agreed with Mansfield that players would be paid as normal but could be termed as ‘furloughed workers’ while away from training, to allow the club to seek reimbursement for the outlay under the government scheme.

Mansfield are among the better payers in League Two with some of their players on salaries of around £2,100 a week.

Football club owners are having to take tough action with survival at stake while no gate revenue comes in.

Some have even explored whether they can put players on statutory sick pay of £13.46 a day.

Leeds United and Birmingham City are among clubs to have agreed wage deferrals while Peterborough United are also understood to have discussed a deferral but failed to come to an agreement.

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkleman said: ‘Since day one of the crisis, our absolute focus has been on protecting our fantastic staff and ensuring that, once this is all over, have a job and a workplace to come back to. 

‘A large number of businesses across the country, including football clubs, have begun furloughing staff. We can also confirm that, with the exception of the players, we have notified our workforce that they will be furloughed, while still receiving their full monthly pay for March.’

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