Stay at Home like Footballers

It seems like the world runs slower during the coronavirus pandemic because people have to stay at home. Footballers are not free from the danger brought by COVID-19 and this might be the biggest reason why they also have to stay at home. They might have a dramatic change in their daily life but it does not mean that they can lose the fun when staying at home. Their stay-at-home activities can be considered as a trend or style which can bring fun for football lovers and even other footballers in the comfort of their homes. People might not be able to see them on the field, but they can still witness their activities at home.

Bald Hair Style

Being in the spotlight makes many footballers have to pay attention to their appearance, especially their hairstyle. There is no space for having a bad hairstyle when they are active during the league season. However, when they stay at home to avoid the wider spread of COVID-19, it also becomes the right time to experiment with the hairstyle. Some footballers are not afraid to get a bald hairstyle that is simple yet dramatic. Anthony Martial, Mark Lawrenson, and Ander Herrera do not mind shaving their head bald.

Good Deeds

Being a professional footballer means that they can get a lot of money. People are thankful to the footballers who did good deeds for helping the community for fighting against the coronavirus pandemic. People usually heard of a large number of donations made by the footballers. Jose Mourinho must be included in the list of footballers that have good deeds. However, he did more than just donating money because he also delivered the essential goods that can help seniors in Enfield to cope with the difficult situation during the crisis.

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Stay at Home Challenge

Various ways are used for encouraging people to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic to help prevent the spread of the disease. Because it is the era of social media, it seems that people can also find the method to support social distancing through a stay at home challenge. Footballers also took part in this challenge to have fun and keep their skills sharp. Juggling a ball must be quite a usual thing to do for the footballers. The challenge is getting more fun because they have to juggle tissue rolls. Is there any footballer who can join the challenge? Well, Marcus Rashford did.

Quality Time with the Pet

The football athletes are usually under the spotlight when playing the game on the field. However, the shutdown period is the time for the athletes’ pets to steal the spotlight. Many footballers use their stay-at-home time to have quality time with their favorite member of the family, their pet animals. It seems that work from home can be very challenging for Maria Thorisdottir with the dog around. More romantic time with the pet dogs was chosen by Alexis Sanchez. He had dinner for three along with his hairy companions, Humber and Atom.

Those footballers can still spread positive energy even though they have to have a break from the competition after all.

Premier League Players to Negotiate Salary Cut

Coronavirus pandemic has changed the norm in people’s life all over the world. After the outbreak in the European countries and the UK by the end of February, everything has changed, especially in the Premier League. In order to flatten the curve of the virus, any public events and social activities have to be stopped to slow down the virus. This hits the people who work in this sector hard. Some clubs in the Premier Leagues started to furlough the non-playing staff and they will receive 80% of the complete salary. However, this has become a hot debate as this is not a right thing to do.

Liverpool has become the fifth club that started to furlough its staffs and immediately after so many critics from players and former players, Liverpool decided to reverse the decision. This is quite complicated for sure and it is understandable that players and staffs will find this very difficult. The negative part of salary cutting also affects the government and NHS because then the tax will not be paid in full. This is also not a good thing for the government. The 30% salary cut was proposed by the league whose objective is to protect employment throughout the professional game. In reaction to that proposal scheme, the government stated that they will lose tax contribution for more than £200M.

The Premier League also offers £125M to the EFL and National League and £20M to the NHS. On the other hand, players have different points of view. The salary cut will not only affect them but also helps the billionaire owners to save money. The players are more likely to do a charitable event to donate their money for the NHS and others who are in need. Giving the portion of their salary is not the matter for the players, the scheme of what the league is doing is what they are not happy about. 

In this case, players and clubs will discuss it and reach the mutual agreement. Some players spoke out about this such as Wayne Rooney. He stated that players are in “no-win situations” and Taylor also agreed about this. It is unfair that the Secretary of the State singled out the footballers. Footballers are not self employed and they pay tax and also contribute. Players are said to step up to speak with their clubs amid this situation. 

While in Europe, big clubs such as Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have taken 70% pay cuts. The players and manager of Juventus agreed to freeze their salary for 4 months. Italy’s Serie A suggested the players of 19 clubs, except Juventus, to accept a 33% pay cut if the season unfortunately will not finish. 

These are hard for everybody for sure, but the player’s wary is real and this has things to do with humanity. In this period of time, it is important to use every cent for the NHS. This is why the players will discuss with their club to reach the best solution.