1. ITV Report

Harlequins asks staff, players and coaches to take a 25 per cent pay cut

Harlequins has asked all staff, players and coaches to take a 25 per cent pay cut to help the club through the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief executive Laurie Dalrymple said the move "wasn't taken lightly" but was essential to protect jobs and the future of the club.

Today, we have made the difficult decision to ask all our staff, players and coaches to support the club through a 25 per cent reduction of salary. We will look after our lowest earners and those facing financial difficulty.

Even with this important contribution, we will need all of our stakeholders to come together to help secure the club's future.

In the coming days, the focus of our club will switch to supporting our local communities, doing our best to support those who need our help.

On behalf of our owners and the board, I want to take this moment to thank everyone at our club for their incredible passion, support and sacrifice - from our players to our coaches, our maintenance staff, our community coaches our Foundation - everyone employed at Harlequins plays their part and has displayed so much humility in how they've embraced this difficult process."

– Laurie Dalrymple, Harlequins chief executive