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Coronavirus wrap: PFA chief Gordon Taylor angry at Matt Hancock comments

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Gordon Taylor expressed his astonishment at Health Secretary Matt Hancocks continued attacks on players as the PFA chief executive called for clarity on club finances as pay cut talks rumble on.Football has come under scrutiny as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, with the Health Secretary quick to highlight the supposed lack of support being offered by well-remunerated players.Hancock urged top-flight professionals to take a pay cut and play their part on Thursday, perhaps unaware that Premier League captains were already in discussions about how players could help during the coronavirus outbreak.But while that fund edges closer to a launch, other matters remain up in the air. The Premier League suggested players take a 30 per cent wage cut or deferral, only for the Professional Footballers Association to issue a statement saying such a move could result in a 200million tax deficit.PFA Statement on behalf of Premier League players: https://t.co/LFR3Vmg972 Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) April 4, 2020Wayne Rooney said the way the last few days had panned out have been a disgrace and the former England captain called into question Hancocks reasons for focusing on players at a time of national crisis.But criticism from Rooney and other high-profile figures has not led to change of tack from Hancock, who on Sunday instead doubled down on his call for players to do more.Ive seen that some, for instance footballers, are now making significant donations to charities and I really welcome that, thats exactly what we need to see, the Health Sectary told ITV News.But instead of having a row about this I think that people should come together and make a contribution.Health Secretary Matt Hancock has called on Premier League footballers to donate a portion of their wages to struggling hospices, writes @DanielHewittITVhttps://t.co/9vbB2A1lcP pic.twitter.com/QbIjicHcb3 ITV News (@itvnews) April 5, 2020The hospices of this country have traditionally been largely funded by charity and charity shops.Those shops have had to close so Im putting more money taxpayers money into hospices to support them but why dont our footballers club together and support our hospices and support the national effort that were all in?I think that is the sort of thing that would go down really well and help bring the country together.That interview infuriated ex-Manchester United captain Gary Neville, who challenged Hancock to debate the matter on Sky Sports, while PFA chief Taylor has been taken aback by the Health Secretarys comments.Hey @MattHancock seeing as though youre focusing on football so much can you come on @SkySportsMNF this week ? Special edition . Questions from the football community / fans will be presented by me , @DavidJonesSky and @Carra23 https://t.co/EY5dSexS1M Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 5, 2020Taylor told Telegraph Sport: I found it astonishing that Matt Hancock could come out like that when hes got his own issues with trying to get the necessary protective health equipment for our NHS workers and didnt have the tests in place either.The PFA joined the Premier League, League Managers Association and representatives from all clubs on a conference call on Saturday.Talks will continue this week and Taylor has implored clubs to give the detailed financial information they had been expecting in order to make sure money goes to the right places.I think if they cant do that and explain the position fully then they have every right to expect players to mistrust what is happening, he said.PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has been ruffling feathers (Steve Paston/PA)Asked if players were concerned about where the money would go, Taylor said: Exactly that. They want the complete due diligence. Theyre not stupid. Theyve not just got their brains in their feet. They want to know the reasons for it and where its going.The issue of footballers pay has become a hot topic since top-flight clubs started placing some non-playing staff on the governments furlough scheme.Liverpool controversially became the fifth Premier League team to embrace that framework on Saturday, but Manchester City have confirmed that they will not be furloughing employees at the tax payers expense.PA understands Citys stance was discussed, taken and approved at board level last week, with staff informed before Liverpools position became public on Saturday.(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By PA Sport Staff'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'bbf7f63d-f329-4da5-90c6-66d6c95c4f94'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:football,paservice:sport:uk,paservice:sport:world'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', null); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Coronavirus wrap: PFA chief Gordon Taylor angry at Matt Hancock comments'});

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