Liverpool have announced they have reversed their decision to place workers on furlough leave after receiving widespread criticism.
Several Premier League clubs have taken advantage of the scheme allowing workers to be placed on temporary leave, with the government paying up to 80 per cent of their wages.
Liverpool were the latest to announce that some of their non-playing staff had been furloughed, with the club saying they would top up the remaining percentage of workers’ salaries.
The move drew criticism from many, and has prompted the club to change their minds, with a statement revealing: “We have consulted with a range of key stakeholders as part of a process aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for all concerned.
“It is as a direct result of this extensive consultation and our own internal deliberations at various levels throughout the Club that we have opted to find alternative means despite our eligibility to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
“We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that.
“Our intentions were, and still are, to ensure the entire workforce is given as much protection as possible from redundancy and/or loss of earnings during this unprecedented period.
“We are therefore committed to finding alternative ways to operate while there are no football matches being played that ensures we are not applying for the government relief scheme.”
Meanwhile, rivals Manchester United will face no similar scrutiny after Ed Woodward confirmed to their employees that they would not be furloughed.
As reported by the Evening Standard, Woodward has sent an email to 900 full-time Manchester United employees to confirm that they will not be placed on furlough.
The club’s employees have also been assured that their work will be made flexible to fit around care requirements.