NAfter Liverpool FC, the English football club Tottenham Hotspur also backed away when it announced that it would use state funds in the wake of the Corona crisis. After massive protests from the fans and repeated internal consultation, the Premier League club decided to cut salaries only at the board and to pay all non-gambling employees 100 percent of their salaries for April and May, the club said on Monday.
Previously, the Champions League finalist announced last year that it was using a government job rescue program (CJRS) in which 80 percent of wages would be paid by the state. Liverpool had previously withdrawn this announcement after fierce opposition from fans. “In fact, we’ve seen fan resistance against other Premier League clubs that also have access to the CJRS. Given the mood of the proponents of the system, it is now not our intention to use the current CJRS, which will run until the end of May, ”the release said.
We regret “all concerns that have arisen in a troubled time and hope that the work our fans will do in the coming weeks as our stadium serves a whole new purpose will make them proud of their club”. Covid 19 tests are now to be carried out in the Hotspur stadium. “Our Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the first in the Premier League to be used for testing after other sports venues around the world,” said the Londoners.
Continue season at Wembley?
The English football association FA has apparently offered London’s Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park in Burton upon Trent / Staffordshire as neutral venues for the conclusion of the Premier League season. The English daily newspaper “The Times” reports. After the Coronavirus pandemic ended the season, the FA’s preferred plan is to host the rest of the games without spectators. Several games could possibly be played in the two arenas on the same day.
According to a media report, the FA wants to end the current season within six weeks from June 1. This would leave enough time for a break and preparation until the planned start of the new season on August 8. Most clubs still lack nine games, some clubs ten. League leaders Liverpool are close to winning the title with coach Klopp.
The break in England will last until April 30th. The aim is a regular end of the season, ghost games are considered a likely option.