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Birmingham stars AGREE to 50 consistent with cent salary deferral from subsequent month to make sure different team of workers are paid

EXCLUSIVE: Birmingham stars AGREE to 50% wage deferral from next month for 16 WEEKS with most willing to give up part of their salary to make sure non-footballing staff will be paid in full amid the coronavirus crisis

  • Birmingham became the first Championship side to ask players to defer wages
  • The majority have now accepted a wage deferral for four months from April
  • The money will be repaid in four instalments when football resumes this year
  • Players paid more than £6,000 will receive 50 per cent of their salary above that
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Many of Birmingham’s players have agreed to defer up to 50 per cent of their wages from next month to help ensure all of the club’s non-footballing staff will be paid in full amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis. 

Sportsmail has been told that while Pep Clotet’s first-team squad will be paid in full this month, the majority have accepted a deferral for four months starting in April, with the money to be repaid in four instalments when football resumes later in the year.

Birmingham became the first Championship club to formally ask players to defer part of their wages on Tuesday.

Many of Birmingham’s players have agreed to defer up to 50% of their wages from next month

Many of Birmingham’s players have agreed to defer up to 50% of their wages from next month

This is in common with many of their rivals, who anticipate having cash-flow problems if the current shutdown continues into the summer. Many others in the second tier expected to follow suit. 

All players currently paid more than £6,000-a-week at St Andrews have been asked to accept a revised amount of 50 per cent of their salary above that amount. 

As a result the club’s administrative and back-room staff will continue to be paid in full.

The Professional Footballers Association are so far opposing such measures on the ground that many players in the lower divisions will struggle to pay their bills without receiving their full salaries.

Players paid more than £6,000 will receive 50 per cent of their salary above that figure

Players paid more than £6,000 will receive 50 per cent of their salary above that figure

But they may be forced to alter their position in order to prevent clubs going bust the longer the crisis continues. 

The PFA are understood to have contacted many of their members over the last 24 hours warning them that clubs are seeking to defer or cut wages.

They have also offered them advice on their legal position, which enables to leave on a free transfer if they are not paid for two weeks.

The decision means that all non-footballing staff at Birmingham will be paid in full

The decision means that all non-footballing staff at Birmingham will be paid in full

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