June 10, 2020 / 4:20 AM / a month ago

Everton players accept wage deferrals to help soften COVID-19 blow

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Today would have been the final fixtures of the season - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - May 17, 2020 General view outside the stadium at the time the final match of season between Everton and AFC Bournemouth was due to take place before it was postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Phil Noble/File photo

(Reuters) - Everton’s first team players have agreed to defer up to 50% of their wages for the next three months to help mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the English Premier League club’s chief executive said on Tuesday.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti, his support staff and board members had accepted pay cuts and deferrals of up to 30% back in March.

“This remarkable show of unity has enabled the club to maintain the salaries of all ... full and part-time employees and ... directly engaged matchday and non-matchday casual staff,” Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement.

The Premier League has been suspended since mid-March due to the pandemic and several clubs have announced wage deferrals.

Everton are 12th in the league and will resume their campaign against Liverpool on June 21.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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