March 19 – With the Premier League having announced that all matches are currently suspended until April 30, Manchester United have announced they will pay wages to their casual workforce whether games are played or not.
Home games that will not be played between now and the end of April include a Europa League tie against LASK as well as Premier League matches against Sheffield United, Bournemouth and Southampton.
The club said that the payments will also be maintained for any other matches that are cancelled or played behind closed doors for the remainder of the season. Man Utd has one home Premier League game currently scheduled in May against West Ham that would have closed out their domestic league season.
“This goodwill gesture reflects the club’s desire to reduce the financial uncertainty facing its casual workforce, and is in recognition of the crucial role they play in delivering services to supporters.,” said the club in a statement.
The goodwill payments will cost the club £1 million and will be made to all matchday and non-matchday casual workers who have worked for the club in the past three months, said the club.
Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, who has been the subject of non-stop abuse from fans in recent weeks, said: “We rely on our outstanding staff to deliver an exceptional service and experience to fans at Old Trafford. We understand that these are unprecedented circumstances and want to give them security whatever may happen regarding our remaining fixtures this season.”
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