Roy Keane has come out with a rather confusing statement.
He has urged all players in clubs to to not accept pay cuts. The reason he sited is simple – the money let go off by the players will not help fight the pandemic but rather deepend the pockets of already rich owners. Moreover, he said, if tables were turned, the owners would simply use the excuse of ‘its business’ to waver off any humanitarian act.
“The way I look at it now, particularly after the way I left Manchester United, I wouldn’t take a pay cut from anybody if I was at one of the bigger clubs,” Keane told Sky Sports television.
“I know there is pressure on players, but it is nobody’s business what you do with your wages. You take your wages and if you want to be generous, go ahead and do it.
“I don’t think players should feel pressured by clubs, particularly the bigger clubs, to take pay cuts,” added the former Ireland midfielder, who left United in 2005 in strained circumstances.
“When the clubs with billionaire owners in the background come to the players and say they are in trouble – no, no, you honour the contract,” he said.
“This idea that we should be getting players to give up their wages at these big clubs, forget about it because these clubs are the first to tell you, ‘This is a business, lads, this is how it works’.”