The players and staff of English Championship leaders Leeds United have volunteered to take a wage deferral to help support non-footballing staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Clubs across England, Scotland and the world are being rocked by the global health crisis which has caused leagues to be postponed and cast football clubs into economic uncertainty.

As a gesture of goodwill, Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has announced that his players will give up a proportion of their wages “for the foreseeable future” to ensure that everyone is looked after.

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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is amongst the staff who have deferred their wages at the English Championship club. (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

“Leeds United is a family, this is the culture that has been created by everyone at the club, from the players and the board to the staff and the supporters in the stands,” reads a collective Leeds squad statement [Leeds United].

“We face uncertain times and therefore it is important that we all work together to find a way that the club can push through this period and end the season in the way we all hope we can.

“In the meantime, let’s work as one to listen to the government advice and the health service and beat this virus.”



Leeds United director of football Victor Orta added: “My players have demonstrated an incredible sense of unity and togetherness and I am proud of their actions”.

Whilst there has been no official comment on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic’s impact on Rangers, all football clubs will be affected by the enforced footballing shutdown.

Questions remain over the strategy which the Ibrox side will take to overcome potentially three to six months of financial uncertainty.

There remain questions over how Rangers plan on adapting to the financial implications of the coronavirus. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The likes of Hearts and Aberdeen have been outspoken in Scotland, whilst even Barcelona and German giants Bayern and Dortmund [BBC Sport] have not been immune from financial difficulties.

A source close to one of the nation’s top clubs has confirmed that government plans to pay 80% of the wages of furloughed employees could affect Scottish football clubs [NTOF].

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