“The League, clubs, players and managers express huge appreciation for the heroic efforts of NHS staff and all other key workers who are carrying out critical jobs in such difficult circumstances,” the statement continued.

“In consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Premier League is immediately committing £20 million to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This includes a direct financial contribution to the NHS and funds to enable clubs to refocus their efforts and develop significant outreach programmes to help communities, including those most in need.

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“This funding will enable both immediate and longer-term support during the crisis.”

There have been calls for Premier League footballers to take pay cuts, including from health secretary Matt Hancock, with some clubs putting staff through the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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