- Aug 22, 2017
We paid £45m in taxes the last 2 years, the same as Man U and Liverpool did combined. Teams like Everton haven’t paid a penny in taxes for the last 2 years so are we really in the wrong for doing this compared to what other clubs have put into the government coffers for the last couple of years? We eclipse every team based on taxation, even Arsenal have only paid £9m (they clawed back £4m last season due to their losses) so unless I’m being daft and missing something, even with this unfortunate circumstance we would have still paid more than most.I'm probably the biggest BSOL here but this is absolutely fucking disgusting from Levy.
The club made a world-record profit of £114m in 17/18 season and £68m in 18/19 season. The club is one of the most rececession-proof industries and regardless of how long this virus goes on, will be just fine.
To reduce the lowest paid staff salaries by 20% and then shift the rest of what they will be paid onto the country so effectively everyone in the country will be paying their wages is despicable. On top of this there may be a long delay before they can get their furloughed wages from the government.
Also whilst it's not the players responsibility to sustain the club's staff, they should have a look in the mirror right now too.
It’s tough but people aren’t having to put the hours in at work, aren’t having to travel and lay out the expense in order to etc. I don’t know much about it so forgive me in advance but with the huge figure of taxes we have paid compared to everyone else (nearly double what Liverpool have etc) does it give this decision more validation? This isn’t an area I know a lot about, maybe someone can shed a little light on it for me.