St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, in the Premier League. - James Marsh / BPI / REX / SIPA

The Southampton club on Thursday announced a three-month payroll deferral for its players, coach Ralph Hasenhuttl and managers, becoming the first Premier League team to take such action due to the coronavirus pandemic. The club in the south of England said in a statement that its other employees, not affected by this measure, "will continue to receive their full pay."

#SaintsFC can detail measures it is taking as part of the club's ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic:

- Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 9, 2020

Southampton explains that this salary deferral will "help preserve the future existence of the club, the staff who work within it and the community we serve". The possibility exists that they can recover their salaries in April, May and June, depending on the evolution of the epidemic and the date of the resumption of national football competitions, stopped for almost a month.

At the time of the interruption of the Championship of England, March 13 after 29 days, Southampton occupied the 14th place of the classification. More than 7,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, himself infected, was placed Monday in intensive care at Saint Thomas Hospital in London.


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