A number of Premier League stars have joined together to launch the #PlayersTogether campaign which will help raise funds for the NHS as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, top-flight clubs confirmed that they would consult with their players over a 30 per cent salary reduction but the proposal was unpopular with a host of footballers.
Many of them wanted to directly contribute to the affected people with a targeted donation rather than taking pay-cuts which may only benefit their respective clubs.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was among those, who had kick-started the discussions regarding the same and the players have now established a charity to assist the NHS amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The move was announced by NHS Charities Together CEO Ellie Orton with two separate statements, one of which came from the group of players, who created the collective initiative.
— NHS Charities Together (@NHSCharities) April 8, 2020
Apart from Henderson, several other high-profile players including Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Manchester United’s Harry Maguire have posted the same statement on their official Twitter accounts.
So far, around £4m is said to have been raised by Premier League captains for NHS charities but the forthcoming donations and contributions are likely to be kept anonymous.