Coronavirus: Tottenham Hotspur make U- Turn in furlough scheme for non-playing staff after heavy criticism

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Tottenham Hotspur has reverted their decision to place their non-playing staff on temporary leave in order to alleviate their financial burdens during the lockdown protocol due to the coronavirus pandemic. The North London club announced two weeks ago that it has resorted to using the government’s furlough scheme to pay members of their non-playing squad 80% of their salary.

However, following the heavy criticism from a legion of their supporters who felt the club could do more than rely on a grant from the government for the payment of their staffs, the club has made an adjustment. Among those who also felt angry about the decision of the club was their ace striker Harry Kane. There have been speculations that English player might decide to exit the club following their unfair decision over their non-playing staff.

In view of this, Tottenham Hotspur has reverted their decision and expressed their apology for taking such a decision. In a statement released by the club which read:  “We have decided that all non-playing staff, whether full-time, casual or furloughed, will receive 100 percent of their pay for April and May. Only the board will take salary reductions.”

According to the statement released by the Chairman of the club, Daniel Levy who was at the center of the criticism stated that: “The criticism the club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us, particularly locally.

“It was never our intent, as custodians, to do anything other than put measures in place to protect jobs while the club sought to continue to operate in a self-sufficient manner during uncertain times.

“We regret any concern caused during an anxious time and hope the work our supporters will see us doing in the coming weeks, as our stadium takes on a whole new purpose, will make them proud of their club.”