• David Tyrer

Spirit of Shankly to write to Liverpool demanding explanation for furlough

A massive dilemma has arisen for Liverpool's owners, FSG, overnight after the decision to furlough some members of staff and use a government scheme to pay their wages.

Liverpool will top up the huge 80% contribution from this government scheme with 20% themselves, and there are barely any people finding anything good about that.

So it's no surprise to see that the Spirit of Shankly fan group have stepped up to the plate to demand an explanation from the club.

In a statement, the group said: "Spirit of Shankly want to make it clear that we have not refused to criticise the club. Our chair has been misquoted and misrepresented by a journalist on Twitter looking for clicks.

"Today, Saturday 4 April, LFC announced they are to furlough non-playing staff. We know no details, yet were asked for a statement. One was given in good faith saying for us the priority is LFC staff being paid 100% of their regular wage.

"During this crisis, many workers have lost or will lose their livelihoods. When it began, SOS contacted LFC to seek assurances that all non-playing staff would be guaranteed to receive 100% wages. We were told this would happen and we made a statement. This was and continues to be our priority.

"Many of our members and the committee have raised concerns that the club intend to use taxpayer’s money to pay staff. We can all agree this is wrong, but again for SOS the prerogative is protecting jobs.

"It is the club who make the decision on how to pay their staff and they are the ones who need to answer why, if they decide to furlough.

"Our belief is that no million-pound plus profit-making organisation should be relying on tax-payer subsidies in times of crises, yet football as a money-making industry has been singled out.

"It is an easy target for the authorities. We are contacting the club now and asking them to explain their position and reasoning. We will report back as soon as we hear back.

"SOS have been working tirelessly in our communities over the past couple of weeks delivering food bags to those most in need and being here for people. Where were the journalists then looking for quotes?"

It remains to be seen whether the club will respond and, if so, what that response will be but the pressure is now starting to pile up on FSG to renege on this awful call.


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