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The Football Association (FA) highest paid staff will take wage cuts of up to 30 per cent as English football’s governing body tries to manage the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham outlined the cost-saving measures in a message to staff which was also published on the FA’s website.

Gareth Southgate, manager of England’s men’s national team, is sacrificing UK£225,000 over the next three months under the plan.

Bullingham proposed that staff earning more than UK£50,000 annually should take a cut of 7.5 per cent.

The FA is also looking at whether to utilise the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme to furlough staff, Bullingham said.

“In the spirit of those on higher salaries taking the greater responsibility, the senior management team have agreed to cut their pay by 15 per cent with the highest earners in the organisation agreeing to reduce their pay by up to 30 per cent,”

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), the English players’ union, hit back at British government calls for players to take salary cuts and called for clarity on clubs’ plans for the money saved on wages.

Reporting Majid Lavji

Source The Football Association (The FA)