Tottenham face criticism
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption to the footballing world over the last month or so.
The Premier League, which was originally suspended in mid-March with a view of returning on April 4th, now has no set return date, with the latest official statement having confirmed that ‘the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.’
With no top-flight football being played in England, a number of Premier League clubs have chosen to furlough some of their non-playing staff. This means that the UK government will be paying 80% of the affected individuals’ wages.
However, on Monday evening, Liverpool opted to backtrack on their original decision, after receiving a fair bit of backlash.
The rest of the aforementioned sides have, as of writing, though, made no such choice, with Spurs also coming under fire from fans over their decision to furlough staff:
Tottenham have come under pressure from fans to follow Liverpool in reversing their decision to use public money to pay employees during the coronavirus pandemic.https://t.co/puTJSxVXA4
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 7, 2020
Tottenham ground staff to work for Levy?
The Telegraph have now, on Tuesday evening, reported that members of staff at Tottenham have been upset by the measures taken by the club, as they believe that they are being treated differently to employees at other Premier League outfits, such as Norwich and Bournemouth.
Both of these clubs, the Telegraph report, are making up the shortfall in wages for furloughed staff.
As for the staff that have not been furloughed at Tottenham, it appears that Daniel Levy is thinking of using some of them on his own estate.
The above-linked report from the Telegraph mentions that Levy lives in Hertfordshire, at a residence which people who have visited say has expansive grounds.
And the Spurs chairman has given consideration to putting ground staff who have not been furloughed to work at his private estate during the current crisis.
Tottenham, for their part, though, are insisting that Levy would pay any staff whom he uses out of his own pocket, rather than through the salary that they receive from the club.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 7, 2020
This article was edited by Conor Laird.