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Jordan Henderson leads Premier League captains on coronavirus relief fund

Jordan Henderson Credit: PA

Jordan Henderson is hoping for a collective, Premier League-wide effort to help support and fund the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

The pressure on players has been ramped up by clubs, most recently Henderson's side Liverpool, announcing plans to furlough some non-playing staff under the Government's coronavirus job retention scheme.

The Sunderland-born player helped organise a meeting between the captains of all twenty Premier League clubs on Friday.

Football is coming under increasing scrutiny as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to escalate. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said top-flight players' should "play their part" in a time of national crisis and take a pay cut.

Henderson has been leading a plan to organise a collective donation Credit: PA

Over the weekend, Hancock suggested footballers could donate to hospices, to enable them to continue to provide end-of-life care at a time when other fundraising has dried up.

The captains recognise their ability to help, but proposals need to be taken back to the dressing room at their respective clubs.

Specifics are not believed to have been put in place yet but they would work with stakeholders to make sure funds to go where they are needed most to make a difference.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United loan player Danny Rose has donated £19,000 to North Middlesex Hospital. The defender is on loan from North London club Tottenham Hotspur.

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It is understood talks are continuing between players, the PFA and the Premier League clubs over a 30% wage reduction by way of cuts and deferrals, dependent on what the eventual outcome is.

The PFA released a statement on Saturday saying players want to ensure any financial contribution they make will support their clubs, remove the need for non-playing staff at all levels to be furloughed and support the NHS.

The union added that cutting 30% from players' salaries would result in a £200m drop in the amount players pay to the Government in income tax.

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