Coronavirus: Hearts players accept wage cuts after Ann Budge warning

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Image: Hearts have become the latest club to agree wage cuts with players

Scottish Premiership side Hearts have reached an agreement with their entire playing squad over wage cuts.

Owner Ann Budge had previously warned players they must accept pay cuts or receive no money while football remains suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

Skipper Steven Naismith offered to take a 50 per cent wage cut more than a month ago and manager Daniel Stendel had been working for nothing, along with an unnamed young player, before Tuesday's agreement was met.

Hearts manager Daniel Stendel during a Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic, at Tynecastle Stadium, on December 18, 2019, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)
Image: Hearts manager Daniel Stendel had already waived his wages

"We are delighted to have reached an agreement on temporary salary changes with the entire playing squad," read a statement on Hearts' official website.

"This agreement is essential to help the club manage the impact of COVID-19 on Scottish football, which has seen the suspension of our game.

Ann Budge has addressed claims about some of Hearts' players in relation to the owner's request for them to waive part of their salaries
Image: Ann Budge had previously warned players over wage cuts

"This commitment from all of our players, backroom team and off-field staff, which will to help maintain the long-term sustainability of the club, is hugely appreciated and we thank everyone for their continued support.

"The majority of the squad are on furlough leave, with a couple of exceptions due to ongoing treatment for injury, and will continue to maintain their fitness at home."

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