CNN) Former England captain Wayne Rooney has hit out at the government and the English Premier League (EPL) for leaving football stars as “easy targets and scapegoats” in a current stand-off over proposed pay cuts,. The EPL is suggesting a combination of pay cuts and deferrals amounting to 30 percent of wages, but talks Saturday between the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), players’ agents and the EPL broke down without agreement. […] Read More Last week British Health Secretary Matt Hancock specifically singled out EPL players in calling for salary reductions but Rooney said that the political pressure was unfair. […] READ: Rooney: Players treated like guinea pigs in pandemic Rooney’s views mirrored that of former England international and BBC broadcaster Gary Lineker, who told CNN that players were being ” thrown under a PR bus.” […] People do not want to see infighting in our national sport at a time of crisis.
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