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Time for footballers to step up for their colleagues, fellow pro’s and communities

It has become one of the talking points during the Covid19 outbreak.

Premier League clubs furloughing non-playing staff whilst their players still received hundreds of thousands of pounds a month.

Contractually, clubs can not force players to take a pay cut. No business can.

Forcing an employee to take a pay cut would be a breach of contract, and would leave that employee, or football player, free to join another company. In the football world, this would cost millions in lost transfer fees.

To be furloughed, the employee needs to agree to it. If they fail to agree to it, furlough might turn into redundancy.

Whilst in the business world, a company will have no issue making an employee redundant is they refused to be furloughed, the football world is different. Will Tottenham really make Harry Kane redundant because he refused furlough?

This leaves clubs in the tough situation where it is up to the players to offer to take a pay cut, rather than it be enforced on them or agreeing to a furlough.

That is why the clubs should be defended (or at least not criticised). It is down to players to take that pay cut.

At Arsenal, the likes of Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil have both been loud voices against political situations across the world.

Ozil was quick to post a message on his Instagram criticising China’s treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang.

Hector Bellerin was happy getting involved in the UK election even though he was no entitled to vote.

Both men attempt to portray themselves as being politic intellects. Having an understanding of what is happening across the globe. Quick to share their opinion. It is therefore a surprise how quiet both have been when it comes to Covid19.

Bellerin earns £110,000 a week; Ozil £350,000 a week.

If both players decided not to be paid for a single week, that would likely cover Arsenal’s non-playing staff wage bill (bar Mikel Arteta) for an entire month. It is disappointing both have been so quiet.

This is not an abuse of Bellerin or Ozil, but of the wider Premier League football community. All players should hang their heads in shame.

They have been paid their millions due to gate receipts and broadcasting income from fans across the globe. Those fans are now facing their own hardships.

From China to Spain, England to Italy, millions would have lost their jobs. Be worried about keeping a rough over their heads. By the end of the pandemic, most people would know someone who has died with coronavirus. Yet football players seem oblivious.

They have locked themselves up in their fortress-like mansions, cuting themselves off to the rest of the world. It is almost like it is a case of “I can not see it so it is not happening”.

Players continue with their self-promotion on Instagram, videoing themselves kicking bog roll, tea bags or doing silly dances, but have many have actually sacrificed something to help combat the virus?

Some back of the fag pack figures:

Premier League players earn, on average, £3,000,000 a year. There are ~500 players.

This means means they earn a collective £1.5bn per annum.

If every player sacrificed a single days salary – not even the 20% that employees are having to sacrifice when furloughed – it would generate over £4million. That would be more than enough to cover the non-playing staff at every Premier League club.

A second day without pay would be enough to cover costs for non-playing staff at every club from the Championship to League 2. A third day without pay would be enough to cover the playing wage bill of every League 1 and League 2 club.

Premier League footballers could do so much to help their fellow professionals at the lower end of the football pyramid. So much to help their colleagues who work for the same club as them.

But they sit quiet. On their huge wages. Knowing that their employer won’t furlough them, won’t make them redundant, can’t force a wage cut on them.

It is ignorance and greed. It will end up driving a bigger wedge between those players and the fans that pay their wages.

If footballers do not step up and take pay cuts like they have done in Italy and Spain, I never want to hear them ever share their opinion on politics, or any other situation in the world.

They would have shown that their words are hollow, and when action is needed they lock their door and do nothing.

Remember tonight at 8pm we are hosting The BIG Arsenal quiz to raise money for the NHS. Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/she-wore


Friday 3rd April, 8pm: The Big Arsenal Quiz for the NHS

A reminder to those who have not already signed up…

We kick off on Friday 3rd April at 8pm with The Big Arsenal Quiz for the NHS.

All we ask is that you donate £2 (£2 is the minimum donation amount on JustGiving) and all proceeds will be donated to the NHS to help in this difficult time.

So, here are the steps to take to enter the quiz…

1. ‘Like’ our page on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/shewore
2. Donate £2 via JustGiving – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/she-wore

Get your pen & paper ready, and at 8pm on Friday as we will go live on Facebook. It will be 45 minutes a half with a 15 minute break for half time.

Facebook Live – www.facebook.com/shewore
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2987009731345862/

A lot of us spend Friday and Saturday’s in the boozers with our mates. so get those who you go football with together and compete amongst each other

I thank you all for showing interest in this quiz, and hope that as many of you as possible can take part so that we can raise lots of money for our NHS.

We look forward to entertaining you all on Friday!

Up The NHS

Royal Mail agree to Arsenal postcode change

This is home. N5.

Adidas used the tag line on all advertising associated with the new kit releases back last summer.

The only problem was Arsenal no longer play in N5 but N7.

Highbury was in N5. The Emirates Stadium, whilst just 2 roads away, Is actually in Holloway, N7.

Reminiscent to TfL renaming of Gillespie Road to Arsenal station back in 1932, the club have recently been in discussions with the Royal Mail to move the postcode boundary to the West of the stadium, moving the ground from N7 to N5.

Arsenal had already agreed with the Royal Mail that Highbury House (Arsenal’s stadium offices) would keep the N5 1BU that was also the postcode for Highbury; but now it seems that the Royal Mail and Arsenal have agreed a postcode change for the stadium (currently N7 7AJ).

Following successful negotiations between the Royal Mail and Arsenal, from 6th April 2020 the postcode for The Emirates Stadium will change from N7 7AJ to N5 1AF.

Arsenal have reportedly agreed to pay for a £1m refurbishment of the Royal Mail Islington Delivery Office on New North Road.

The change will not affect any other building surrounding the stadium.

Arsenal back in N5. Arsenal back home.