Tottenham have reversed their decision to place non-playing staff on furlough during the coronavirus pandemic after fierce backlash from supporters.
Spurs had furloughed around 40 per cent of their non-playing staff using the government’s job retention scheme, with the decision being met with widespread criticism.
Champions League holders Liverpool followed Tottenham’s example but quickly announced a reversal of their decision and apologised to supporters.
And now Tottenham have also performed a U-turn, with a statement reading: ‘In our last update we said we would keep our position under review, especially in the context of revised budgets and cost cutting.
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‘Having done so we have decided that all non-playing staff, whether full-time, casual or furloughed, will receive 100 per cent of their pay for April and May. Only the Board will take salary reductions.
‘With no clarity on when football might resume and under what conditions, we shall continue to keep this under on-going review. We should like to thank our staff for their incredible support and understanding.’
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy added: ‘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 whilst 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.’
Spurs also announced that they new state-of-the-art stadium has been installed with equipment to allow the operation of drive-through COVID-19 testing for NHS staff and their families.
More than 84,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK and the nation is currently in lockdown to tackle the spread of the disease.
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