08 April 2020

Alan Shearer says Premier League footballers should be allowed to choose how they help during pandemic

TV football pundit Alan Shearer has said it's down to individual Premier League players to chose how to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Players in the top flight have been criticised for not taking a pay cut while some of their clubs have furloughed backroom staff.

For Shearer, as they don't all earn the same amount, they need to do what feels right for them.

Writing for the BBC, he said: "It is an incredibly complicated situation, so I think it is only right that top-flight players get advice and take their time to decide what happens next.

"Not all Premier League players are multi-millionaires, yet they are being generalised - and, in some places, criticised - as a single group whether they are superstars or not.

"I am sure that over the coming days and weeks we will see Premier League players donating millions of pounds to where they feel is necessary.

"We have seen several of them do that already, of course - Marcus Rashford and David de Gea have got involved with charities here and abroad, and Jordan Henderson has set up a fund for the NHS.

"But just because you have not read about it on social media does not mean that more individuals are not doing similar things."

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