Dele Alli has provided an insight into how the Premier League stars came to a collective decision to launch the “Players Together” initiative in order to help fund those most in need on the NHS frontline. The Premier League announced at the end of March that they had planned to hold discussions about agreeing a 30 per cent wage cut for players.
The plan proved unpopular among many footballers, including Wayne Rooney who felt a more targeted donation from players would be more beneficial.
The announcement from the Premier League came after British Health Secretary Matt Hancock publicly called on footballers to “take a pay cut and play their part”.
His comments angered several former players, including Gary Neville calling it a “f***ing cheek”.
But the club captains had been in discussions about how best to move forward in a way to best support those most in need.
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And it was announced earlier this month that Premier League players had agreed to set up a ‘Players Together’ fund, which was seemingly spear-headed by Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson.
The initiative is separate to any club or league where they have partnered with NHS Charities Together “in order to assist them in generating and distributing funds quickly and efficiently to where they are needed most”.
And Alli has spoken about how the players were collectively supporting finding the right method to help the fight against coronavirus.
“We was put in a situation where there was a lot of talk about footballers and what were we doing,” he told Sky Sports.
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“We wanted to do something together and all the captains spoke.
“I think it did start from Henderson and all the clubs and captains spoke and put that message together and everyone came back to their own teams to speak about it.
“Everyone had the same sort of feeling that we wanted to do something together and, as players, when we’re in the position that we’re in and we can help so many people we came to the decision we did.
“We just wanted to make sure we could do as much as we can to help the right people and make sure that the donations we’re doing and everything’s going to the right people and the people that actually deserve it and everyone’s happy.”
Alli has also been helping promote Magic Breakfast, a charity which helps provide healthy breakfasts for thousands of children in Great Britain every day.
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“We know we are role models and a lot of people look up to us so just to try and help as much as we can and the magic breakfast I think is an amazing thing,” he added.
“It’s an amazing charity and the work that they’re doing is amazing.
“Situations like this, I’ve realised and seen how difficult it is for them to keep it up.
“I wanted to help as much as I can in terms of donations and stuff but also try and raise awareness about it because they’re feeding kids and kids in school that need it.
“It’s something that I relied on a little bit when I was younger when I was growing up in school with free school meals and stuff like that.
“What they’re doing is taking it that step further and helping the kids and for so many kids not to be at school, it’s obviously made their job a lot more difficult but they’re still doing it and I just wanted to help raise awareness and help out as much as I could with that.”
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