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Sheffield United furlough 'some employees' but all staff will 'continue to be paid in full'

Club yet to decide whether to use the government's job retention scheme

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Image: Sheffield United have made the decision to furlough 'some employees'

Sheffield United have confirmed they will furlough "some employees" but all staff will "continue to be paid in full".

Employees who are unable to perform their regular duties due to the shutdown of football are the ones affected, but the Blades are not currently using the government's job retention scheme.

A club statement read: "Sheffield United Football Club has informed its staff of the decision to furlough some employees who are unable to perform their regular day-to-day duties at this time.

"These are predominantly casual employees but include a small number of permanent staff.

"The club confirms that permanent and casual staff will continue to be paid in full, despite the challenges of dealing with the impact of Covid-19."

The Blades, who were pushing for Champions League qualification before the coronavirus halted the footballing calendar, have not ruled out using the job retention scheme in the future.

The statement added: "Those furloughed have been given the green light to sign up for the NHS volunteering scheme or similar initiatives in lieu of regular employment at Bramall Lane or other club sites.

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"Senior officials at the club are aware of the Government's Job Retention Scheme. At a later date, after the full financial impact of the situation can be more accurately quantified, the club will assess whether or not to participate in the JRS.

"All at Sheffield United Football Club would also like to pass on the best wishes to everyone, locally, nationally and internationally, affected by the current pandemic."

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Premier League clubs using the government's job retention scheme has been a controversial topic in recent weeks.

Tottenham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich have all furloughed non-playing staff, despite continuing to pay their players in full whilst negotiations over their salaries continue.

Liverpool originally announced they would do the same but quickly reversed their decision following backlash from supporters.

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Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann is pleased that Liverpool have reversed their decision to furlough some non-playing staff

Manchester United, Manchester City and Burnley have all said they will not furlough staff, while Southampton have committed not to do so until at least the end of June.

Southampton also became the first Premier League team to announce an agreement with their players over wage deferrals, a move which was followed by West Ham.

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