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Aston Villa players, coaching staff accept wage deferrals of 25 per cent

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aston Villa's players and first-team coaches and senior management have agreed to defer 25 percent of their wages for four months, the Premier League club said on Saturday.

Villa, following similar steps by Southampton, West Ham United, Watford and Sheffield United, is the latest top-flight club to announce wage deferrals for players.

Soccer was suspended indefinitely in England last month because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

"First-team players, first-team coaches and senior management have all agreed to defer 25 percent of their salaries for four months to assist the club during this period of uncertainty," Villa CEO Christian Purslow said here He added that a further review would take place at the end of the initial four-month period.

Since the suspension, Arsenal has announced a 12.5 per cent reduction in pay for players and coaching staff, while Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth have reversed initial decisions to furlough non-playing staff following criticism.

Norwich City defended its decision to furlough staff earlier on Saturday, while Chelsea said their first-team squad would not take pay cuts or wage deferrals.

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