Youngster donates part of his salary
Many Premier League players do not want to forego part of their salary during the Corona crisis. However, one youngster is setting a good example.
Youngster Matty Longstaff of Newcastle United has shown his Premier League colleagues. According to the Chronicle, the 20-year-old Englishman donates 30 per cent of his salary to the national health system NHS. Longstaff, who according to the report only earns just under 1,000 euros a week, is thus helping the NHS, which is strained by the Corona pandemic.
Longstaff, whose older brother Sean also plays for Newcastle, is thus following the #PlayersTogether initiative founded by the Premier League captains. The young professional is receiving praise for this from the fans, who are already celebrating him as a hero and as one of their own.
Although Longstaff still has the contract he signed back in Academy days, he is a member of the Magpies’ permanent squad. This season he has seven appearances so far. He scored the winning goal against Manchester United on Boxing Day and was named “Man of the Match”.
Currently, the often lavishly paid stars in English professional football are under criticism. So far, the players’ union has rejected uniform salary deductions of 30 per cent, as suggested by the league association.
The players would rather donate than forego salary. The players of FC Arsenal, for example, are also opposed. Compared to Longstaff, Mesut Özil, Nicolas Pépé and Co. earn many times more per week. With a weekly salary of around 400,000 euros, the former German international is the top earner of the Gunners. Summer entry Pépé receives 160,000 euros per week.
Matty Longstaff, who is now in the public eye, is expected to improve his salary when he signs his next contract. His contract ends in the summer. He would be available for a training allowance of 460,000 euros.