Southampton of England’s Nigerian-born attacker, Michael Obafemi is among the first set of players to take cuts to their salaries in the English Premier League, following economic effects of the escalating coronavirus pandemic, megasportsarena.com reports.
With England reeling hard under the ravaging effects of the respiratory illness that has virtually put the whole world at an unprecedented stop, Obafemi, who is already a member of Ireland’s senior national team, and his pals at Saint Mary’s have been hit with the reality of cost cutting moves by their club.
Consequently, Obafemi and The Saints become the first squad to get reductions in their financial take home, after their club announced an agreement with their players over enduring a wage deferral during the coronavirus crisis, as part of their measures to help the club and non-playing staff through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Details of the report by sportsmole add: “Southampton’s players, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and his coaching staff have agreed to defer part of their salaries for the months of April, May and June to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.
“In addition, the club have confirmed they will not use the Government’s job retention scheme to furlough non-playing staff during that three-month period.
“In a statement, Southampton disclosed: Our owners, Mr Gao and Katharina Liebherr have put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100 per cent of their pay, paid in the normal way until June 30.
“Any decision on the future beyond this date will be made in advance of this, but only when more information is known. In these unprecedented times we are dealing with many challenges to our business model and day-to-day operations.
“Fellow Premier League sides Tottenham, Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth have said they intend to utilise the Government scheme, with Liverpool reversing their decision to do so following widespread criticism.”