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Football clubs' staff decision may be considered own goal

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The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium  (John Walton/PA)

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (John Walton/PA)

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (John Walton/PA)

It is shameful that two Premier League football clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, have put non-playing staff on furlough to take advantage of the government's job retention payments of 80% of wages up to £2,500 a month.

Yet both continue to pay their players their full wages which run into tens of thousands of pounds a week on average.

With fans worried about their own jobs, news of these developments could be an own goal although the club may make its facilities available to the NHS during the football lockdown.

The players of all top clubs would win new fans if they donated a single week's pay to the NHS or a hard-up charity of their choice.

Belfast Telegraph