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Birmingham forced to take drastic action with players – other clubs expected to follow

Birmingham forced to take drastic action with players as the suspension of football because of coronavirus starts to impact Championship clubs.

The Blues have reportedly asked some of their team to take a wage deferral as they look to stave off financial problems.

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According to a report, players who earn over £6,000 per week at St Andrew’s will see their salaries cut in half for the next four months.

The Telegraph add that they will be repaid in full from June onwards, by which time the football authorities hope matches will be back underway.

Birmingham sent an email to agents asking them to agree to a “short-term deduction in wages in order to assist the club to continue to run on a day-to-day basis in the current climate”. The club said it was due to “unprecedented circumstances”.

Championship clubs also discussed the prospect of wage deferrals last week, so it’s highly unlikely that Birmingham will be the only club to do so.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has said the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will prove an economic “disaster” for the club.

The EFL claim its main priority is to finish this season to “protect the integrity” of the competition and has put in place a £50m fund to help with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on clubs.

“The primary objective, in order to protect competition integrity, is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, subject to the over-riding priority around health and well-being,” said the EFL, which represents 72 clubs, in a statement.

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