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Spurs reverse furlough decision

Tottenham Hotspur have reversed their decision put non-playing staff on furlough.

The London club were criticised last month after announcing it would be using the government scheme with 550 employees taking a 20% pay cut "to protect jobs", but non-playing staff will now received all of their wages "for April and May".

In a statement, Spurs said: "In our last update we said we would keep our position under review, especially in the context of revised budgets and cost cutting.

"Having done so we have decided that all non-playing staff, whether full-time, casual or furloughed, will receive 100 per cent of their pay for April and May. Only the Board will take salary reductions.

"With no clarity on when football might resume and under what conditions, we shall continue to keep this under on-going review.

"We should like to thank our staff for their incredible support and understanding."

The club also addressed fans' concerns over Premier League teams using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Chairman Daniel Levy added: "The criticism the Club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us, particularly locally.

"It was never our intent, as custodians, to do anything other than put measures in place to protect jobs whilst the Club sought to continue to operate in a self-sufficient manner during uncertain times.

"We regret any concern caused during an anxious time and hope the work our supporters will see us doing in the coming weeks, as our stadium takes on a whole new purpose, will make them proud of their Club."

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