Some Sheffield Wednesday supporters have called for their club’s players to take a wage deferral, following reports that Birmingham City’s players have agreed to do so.
Owls-focused Twitter account, @LiveSwfc, recently posted a tweet which shared the news that Birmingham City’s players have agreed to accept 50% of their wages amid the current viral outbreak which has resulted in the postponement of English football, originally announced by efl.com on the 13th of March.
The reports claiming that the Blues became the first club to ask their players to defer 50% of their wages originally surfaced via the Daily Telegraph on the 24th of March. The following day, the Daily Mail announced that Birmingham’s stars agreed to defer 50% of their wages “from next month for 16 weeks”.
Many Wednesday fans have flocked to @LiveSwfc’s recent tweet to share their view that Owls players should follow the example that has been set by Birmingham City’s squad and also agree to a 50% wage deferral for this period. Read the posts from some Wednesday fans calling for their players to accept wage deferrals in the tweets below.
— SWFC_Live (@LiveSwfc) March 25, 2020
Sack them if not
— Aaron Stoney (@SwfcVinnie) March 25, 2020
— Donnyowl (@martynowl) March 25, 2020
— Robert Bonser (@RobertEBonser) March 25, 2020
Of course they should. Don’t think any of them will be struggling!
— BeatleOwl (@beatleowl) March 25, 2020
Definitely need to do this. They can survive on 1/3 of their wage.
— Christian Fletcher (@sussxowl74) March 25, 2020
Yes of course they should.
— John Paul (@walthamowl82) March 25, 2020
What do we think?
Birmingham City’s Harlee Dean recently spoke to talkSPORT where he announced that he would be accepting a wage deferral. The Blues centre-back stated that “if someone at the club got laid off” due to him not accepting this wage deferral, “it would not sit right with (him)”.
Considering that there are no professional football matches set to be played “until at least 30 April”, as reported by the BBC, this may be a tough time for some football clubs financially, considering that they will make no matchday revenue during this time period. With that in mind, it may be understandable why some Wednesday fans have called for their players to take a wage deferral, following the example which has been set by Birmingham City.