The list of decent actions by a multi-malicious group of workers should not be forgotten when all of this is over.
So let’s hear it for all of the “spoiled prima donnas” of football who stepped on the plate, while so many self-publishing tycoons that never stop arguing about the wealth they spread treated loyal workers like unwanted tax claims.
I will miss people, but now we thank Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs for handing over their hotels to the NHS. Joe Cole donates £ 25,000 to support health workers. Mark Noble, along with all banks in Liverpool, Manchester City and the United States, is digging for food banks United player, Marcus Rashford, who supplies vulnerable children with food, Wilfried Zaha, who is handing over his rental property to the NHS, Pep Guardiola, who is 1 million euros for medical care is available in Spain, and all outreach workers in clubs who dig deep to help vulnerable children in their communities.
Others will come forward as this crisis has not yet reached its peak. As Stan Collymore suggested earlier this week on these pages, the high-earning “football family” top division players could soon be asked by their union to pay part of their salary to lower-tier players who are inevitably paid need cuts.
The head of the family, Gordon Taylor, spoke about the need for football to band together and set up a solidarity fund to help lower league players when government aid and the EFL bailout of £ 50m are insufficient. Fortunately, the PFA managing director says: “Nothing is off the table”.
Let me give him the best PR advice he’ll ever get: lead by example and put your money where your mouth should get going. This is your great success in salvation, Gordon, after the flood of criticism that you have rightly received over the years because you are by far the highest paid union leader in the world.
A year ago this week, the 75-year-old bowed to PFA pressure to step down after 38 years, but said he would only do so after an independent review was completed. However, the feet have been dragged all year round and the full specification for this review has just been published. That said, Taylor is still very responsible. And we find that we are still picking up a £ 2 million pay package.
In 12 months of turbulence at the PFA, he earned £ 2.02 million consisting of a £ 1.19 million salary, £ 56,749 in benefits and a £ 777,183 bonus. The PFA has 5,000 members and 50,000 ex-members. The Secretary General of the UK’s largest union, Dave Prentis, receives £ 138,551 to lead Unison’s 1.4 million members.
What an opportunity for Taylor to correct a far too long injustice at a time when some footballers are in trouble by returning part of this union money to the people who need it.
When I say that I will exceptionally live on the same salary as the leader of the country’s largest union and donate the £ 1.88m difference (after tax) to a solidarity fund for players, I ask everyone else to get the movie star wages from the Soccer deserve to think about it in a similar gesture.
This way, Gordon, you will shoot down your many critics and force us to say “better late than never. Well done. “These are unprecedented times and require unprecedented action.
Go to comrade, give it a try and you will be remembered as someone who not only made a hell of a lot of money with soccer, but also a little respect.