Reading Players Accept Wage Deferrals For Three Months

"I'm delighted we have to an agreement on salary deferrals,"

Captain Liam Moore announced that Reading players have agreed to defer a “substantial” portion of their wage for three months to help the club economically.

Professional soccer had been halted since March due to the coronavirus outbreak and clubs in England’s lower divisions have been struggling to deal with the loss od matchday revenue and ticket income.

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“I’m delighted we have to an agreement on salary deferrals,” captain Liam Moore said in a statement.

“These are very testing times for our club at present, much like every other club up and down the country.”

“This has taken a bit of time, but it was important we ensured it was right for every individual. It was my job as captain to make sure each player felt 100 percent comfortable in what they were signing up to.” Captain Liam Moore added.

Reading manager Mark Bowen and his staff had agreed to similar deferrals a number of weeks ago, the club said.

Championship clubs returned to training in small groups this week, with hopes of completing the season behind closed doors.

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Huddersfield Town owner Phil Hodgkinson said up to 60 clubs in the lower tiers of English soccer could go out of business if the sport fails to plan for the impact of the coronavirus beyond the current season.


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