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Norwich the latest club to furlough staff during coronavirus shutdown

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

22:08 31 Mar 2020

Norwich City have become the latest Premier League side to furlough staff unable to work during the COVID-19 shutdown. 

The Norfolk club have followed in the footsteps of Tottenham Hotspur who placed 550 of their non-playing staff on the UK government's coronavirus job-retention scheme.

Football in England is suspended until April 30 at the very earliest, with a UEFA meeting on Wednesday set to examine how and when the seasons across Europe may resume.

With no football, club revenues have nosedived leading the likes of Leeds United's squad to voluntarily defer wages.

The PFA are to meet with EFL and Premier League chiefs on Wednesday to discuss players' collective response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wage deferrals are on the cards, but players' union Fifpro have warned against a standardised response.

Norwich say their action "will safeguard future jobs and help sustain the club throughout this period."

One UEFA source is quoted by The Guardian as claiming it is unlikely that football seasons can resume before the end of June.

Norwich's full statement reads:

Owing to the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Norwich City Football Club will begin the process of furloughing members of its staff who are unable to work at this time.

Under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the furloughing of staff will safeguard future jobs and help sustain the club throughout this period.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will mean that 80 percent of the salaries of furloughed staff, up to £2,500 per month per individual, will be paid by the government. The club will top up the money received from the scheme to ensure that all furloughed staff receive their usual salary in full.

Where necessary, part time and casual staff will also be furloughed.

As part of the scheme, furloughed staff will not be permitted to carry out work for the club.

The club will continue to monitor and review the situation as it develops.

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