Coronavirus: Birmingham City becomes first Championship club to ask players to take wage deferrals
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Coronavirus: Birmingham City becomes first Championship club to ask players to take wage deferrals

Championship side Birmingham City have become the first team in the division to ask their players to take wage deferrals, in a bid to protect their short-term future.

According to the Telegraph Football, players earning over £6,000 a week at Birmingham have been requested to take a 50% deduction in salary for the next four months, in correspondence sent to agents which have been seen by Telegraph Sport.

Birmingham's board has asked players to accept a cut of half their monthly wages until June this year, with the salaries to be paid back in four installments when the football season resumes.

Apart from Birmingham, League Two side Forest Green Rovers have said they will use the government's wage-support scheme to keep paying "all their staff".

On Friday, the UK government announced it would pay 80% of salaries for any staff who are kept on by their employer, covering wages of up to £2,500 a month, across the country; an offer that Forest Green took up, as they say, they are going in to "hibernation" as a club until football can resume.

The decision a week after the football season was suspended until April 30, with a restart of the campaign not expected until June 1 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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