Gary Lineker urged Aston Villa and his Premier League rivals not to put personnel on the run.
Match of the Day host said top clubs should avoid taking advantage of the government system, which pays up to 80% of an employee’s wages of up to £ 2,500 per month, after Liverpool canceled his decision to to do it.
Liverpool was criticized by a number of ex-players and high-profile personalities when they announced around 200 non-player staff were on the run on the weekend.
CEO Peter Moore was forced to apologize on Monday when the Reds, who recently announced a pre-tax profit of £ 42 million, backed down.
Lineker switched to social media to support Liverpool’s U-turn and ask other clubs to continue paying staff.
“It’s nice to see that some of our biggest soccer teams are supporting their non-playing staff,” said Lineker. “It is an important moment for our game.
“People, and especially fans, will remember those who get up and do what’s right in these extraordinary test times.”
Villa did not put personnel on the run but Tottenham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich are using the scheme.
Lineker follows Stan Collymore to encourage teams to ignore government assistance during the coronavirus crisis.
Collymore, a former Villa striker, tweeted: “Dear @AVFCOfficial, many members of the club have already had 5 difficult years thanks to the cuts due to the ineptitude of the previous owners.
“I hope that since we have two extremely wealthy owners, any shortage of income will be caught by them.
He added: “No withdrawal. No additional tax burden for Villans. UTV.”