CORONAVIRUS

Henderson setting up Premier League fund to help NHS

The Liverpool captain has been ringing professional footballers to set up a fund to donate money to the NHS during coronavirus pandemic.

Henderson setting up Premier League fund to help NHS

Jordan Henderson, Liverpool's captain, is at the centre of a fund-raising drive that will see Premier League footballlers donate millions of euro to the NHS as reported by both The Times and The Guardian.

Premier League footballers have been criticised for not 'playing their part' by the UK's health minister, Matt Hancock, on Thursday. "Given the sacrifices many people are making, the first thing PL footballers can do is make a contribution," he said.

Premier League owners were also in the firing line as some suggested they should be taxed if they were not willing to reduce players' salaries. Four clubs have reduced staff salaries including Norwich, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Tottenham and the others are waiting for the outcome of talks between the Premier League, the PFA and EFL.

Players have been in total agreement with Henderson's plan according to the report and they are now working on the logistics of that aid. The Sunderland native wanted to establish the fund before it hit the headlines, which he couldn't do, but the aid has the potential to ease the pressure on an increasingly burdened health service.

The aid will be separate from any wages deferrals, reductions or salary cuts.