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Premier League footballers launch fund for NHS charities

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Premier League footballers launch fund for NHS charities

Premier League footballers launch fund for NHS charities

Premier League footballers, facing pressure to accept wage cuts during the coronavirus outbreak, have launched a fund to raise money for National Health Service (NHS) charities to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

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VIDEO SHOWS: LETTER CONFIRMING PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALLERS HAVE LAUNCHED A FUND TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE UK'S NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE, VARIOUS TWEETS FROM PLAYERS AND BRITISH HEALTH MINISTER, MATT HANCOCK, MESSAGE ON LARGE SCREEN THANKING THE NHS, FILE FOOTAGE OF JORDAN HENDERSON, HARRY KANE AND HARRY MAGUIRE, RECENT COMMENTS FORM MATT HANCOCK AND BRITISH MP, STEVE BRINE SHOWS: INTERNET (APRIL 8, 2020) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 1.

VARIOUS OF LETTER POSTED ON TWITTER CONFIRMING PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALLERS HAVE LAUNCHED A FUND TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE UK'S NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NHS CHARITIES TOGETHER LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 9, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 2.

VARIOUS OF BILLBOARD READING (English): "THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING NHS STAFF" INTERNET (APRIL 8, 2020) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 3.

LIVERPOOL CAPTAIN, JORDAN HENDERSON POSTING THE LETTER ON HIS TWITTER PAGE WITH THE MESSAGE, READING: "#PLAYERSTOGETHER" 4.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR AND ENGLAND CAPTAIN, HARRY KANE POSTING THE LETTER ON HIS TWITTER PAGE WITH THE MESSAGE, READING: "#PLAYERSTOGETHER" 5.

Class="kln">MANCHESTER UNITED CAPTAIN, HARRY MAGUIRE, POSTING THE LETTER ON HIS TWITTER PAGE WITH THE MESSAGE, READING: "#PLAYERSTOGETHER" 6.

MANCHESTER CITY MIDFIELDER, FERNANDINHO POSTING THE LETTER ON HIS TWITTER PAGE WITH THE MESSAGE, READING: "OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST WEEK WE, AS A GROUP OF PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS, HAVE HELD NUMEROUS TALKS TOGETHER WITH THE VISION OF CREATING A CONTRIBUTION FUND THAT CAN BE USED TO DISTRIBUTE MONEY TO WHERE IT'S NEEDED MOST IN THIS COVID19 CRISIS." LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - DECEMBER 22, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3.

LIVERPOOL CAPTAIN, JORDAN HENDERSON, EXITING PLANE WITH THE CLUB WORLD CUP TROPHY IN HAND, MADRID, SPAIN (FILE - JUNE 2, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 4.

HENDERSON CARRYING CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TROPHY AND BOARDING BUS DAY AFTER WINNING THE COMPETITION LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - OCTOBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5.

HENDERSON WARMING UP 6.

TRAINING IN PROGRESS 7.

DEFENDER, TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD, WARMING UP 8.

TRAINING IN PROGRESS LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - OCTOBER 22, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 9.

HENDERSON WITH TEAM MATE JAMES MILNER AT TRAINING 10.

TRAINING IN PROGRESS ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - NOVEMBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 11.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR CAPTAIN, HARRY KANE LEADING THE TEAM OUT FOR A TRAINING SESSION LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - SEPTEMBER 30, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 12.

KANE JOGGING 13.

KANE PASSING THE BALL LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - OCTOBER 21, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 14.

KANE AT TRAINING REPINO, RUSSIA (FILE - JULY 10, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 15.

ENGLAND TEAM TRAINING WITH RUBBER CHICKEN 16.

DEFENDER HARRY MAGUIRE RECEIVING RUBBER CHICKEN INTERNET (APRIL 8, 2020) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 17.

BRITISH HEALTH MINISTER, MATT HANCOCK POSTING MESSAGE ON TWITTER IN RESPONSE TO THE LETTER, READING (English): "WARMLY WELCOME THIS BIG-HEARTED DECISION FROM SO MANY PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALLERS TO CREATE #PLAYERSTOGETHER TO SUPPORT NHS CHARITIES.

YOU ARE PLAYING YOUR PART." LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 2, 2020) (UK POOL - ACCESS ALL) 18.

BRITISH HEALTH MINISTER, MATT HANCOCK WALKING INTO ROOM FOR DAILY GOVERNMENT BRIEFING 19.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH HEALTH MINISTER, MATT HANCOCK, SAYING: "I think that everybody needs to play their part in this national effort and that means Premier League footballers too.

Given the sacrifices that many people are making including some of my colleagues in the NHS who have made the ultimate sacrifice of going into work and have caught the disease and have sadly died I think the last thing... the first thing that Premier League footballers can do is make a contribution, take a pay cut and play their part." 20.

HANCOCK TALKING WINCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 3, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 21.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) DEPARTMENT FOR DIGITAL, CULTURE, MEDIA & SPORT (DCMS) COMMITTEE MEMBER AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, STEVE BRINE, SAYING: "Look, we have nothing against the Premier League.

We have nothing against the clubs.

We know full well that both of them do great work in their communities in normal times and most certainly at this time.

All that we're saying is that when you've got the average wage bill - many greatly higher - in the Premier League of over 3 million pounds now for a salary, that it's not right as we've seen some clubs do to take public money to furlough your non-playing staff while continuing to pay your big stars big bucks, we don't think that's in the spirit of all being in this together and we're calling on the government to act if they don't." STORY: Premier League footballers, facing pressure to accept wage cuts during the coronavirus outbreak, have launched a fund to raise money for National Health Service (NHS) charities to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

With the Premier League at a standstill, the players have been criticised in the British media over the last week for resisting calls from the clubs to accept wage deferrals and cuts to reduce wage bills.

The players union, however, questioned the call for a 30% player wage reduction, saying it would reduce tax revenue for Britain's NHS.

The union said that the players wanted to ensure their contributions supported the clubs they play for, non-playing staff, lower league clubs and the NHS.

Tottenham and England captain Harry Kane and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson were among the players to tweet a statement on Wednesday with the hashtag #Playerstogether.

"We can confirm that after extensive conversations between a huge number of players from all Premier League clubs, we have created our own collective player initiative, #PlayersTogether," said the statement.

It added that it would partner with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT), which represents over 140 NHS charities, to "assist them in generating and distributing funds quickly and efficiently to where they are needed most." The statement added: "#PlayersTogether is about we, as players, collaborating together to create a voluntary initiative, separate to any other club and league conversations, that can help get much-needed funds to those that need it right now."



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