Unic Press UK: Top English Premier League football Club, Chelsea, has announced that it would not access the UK Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – a scheme that allows employers to claim for up to 80% or £2,500 of furloughed workers’ wages during this COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement on Saturday, Chelsea FC announced what the Board, guided by club owner Roman Abramovich, had agreed to do in this period.
“The club can confirm we will not be taking advantage of the Government’s current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which runs to 30 June. We are not planning any general redundancies or furloughs for our full-time staff who are continuing to be paid 100 per cent of their current wages. Casual workers and match day staff employed by the club are being compensated by us through 30 June as if matches had been played and we had been operating as normal. We are continuing our current level of financial and other support to our professional women players and also to our women’s academy programmes. Our women’s team and staff have been very supportive of our charitable activities during this crisis which has been appreciated by both the club and the respective charities.”
The board of Chelsea Football Club would like to update our fans, our staff, our community and our other stakeholders of certain actions the club is taking during the coronavirus crisis…
— Chelsea FC – #StayHomeSaveLives (@ChelseaFC) April 25, 2020