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Cambridge United announce plans to furlough playing squad




Cambridge United have furloughed their playing squad. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge United have furloughed their playing squad. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge United have announced that they have furloughed their playing squad.

They made the decision at the end of March to use the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for the vast majority of their non-playing staff, including coaches.

A decision in relation to the players was deferred pending the outcome of ongoing discussions between the EFL and the PFA.

The players will now be furloughed with effect from mid-March, when the season paused and players were no longer able to train.

Cambridge United chief executive Ian Mather said: ‘We all recognise that we won’t be playing football in the near future so it is prudent for us as a club to take advantage of this government scheme designed to help and protect businesses such as ours in this current crisis.

‘We held a Zoom call with all the players last week to update them on the situation and discuss the furlough scheme with them.

“It was a good open dialogue in what is a very challenging and uncertain situation for everyone. We agreed to continue to pay salaries in full whilst the players are on furlough and then review the position again next month.”

The U's last match was on March 7, a 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient.



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