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Sport Panthers CEO fears for players amid crisis

04:40  31 march  2020
04:40  31 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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But Fletcher admitted he feared for the players' future after they were offered two months pay under a proposed 75 per cent cut if the rest of the season was called off due to the pandemic.

Asked about the ARL Commission's decision to offer monthly club grants of $1.2 million for the next three months only, Fletcher told Sky Sports Radio: "You couldn't hope for anything better because that's all they had.

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Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher has since defended the Pantherettes. "He’s drawing a long bow if he’s complaining about our cheerleaders,’' Fletcher said. “As for playing at Allianz Stadium, we finished in front of Canterbury last year and had to play them there in week one, not Pepper Stadium.

"It's a good result short term but the problem that worries me is what about long term."

Fletcher felt for the game's 480 players who will get two months pay potentially to last the next six months.

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"The players get April's payment and then they get one more month for the rest of the year," Fletcher said.

"All of the footballers, you wouldn't say they are the best savers in the world.

"How do they get through four or five months? I worry about them.

"That's why we need to be back playing even behind closed doors so our broadcasters have got a product ... (and) they (players) can get something they can survive on."

Fletcher backed ARLC chairman Peter V'landys' optimism that the competition could return by July.

"I have known Peter a long time through racing. I wouldn't be surprised if we started on July 1, only because Peter is leading the charge," he said.

However, Fletcher admitted players face another potential headache when the competition resumes, saying all contracts may have to be renegotiated.

"It will all have to be on the table," he said.

"If the broadcast deal is not what it is at the moment and the money trickling down from the top is a lot less then naturally everything has to be revised, the contracts have got to be revised.

"It would be a pretty long process I would say."

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Rooney: “The way the last few days have gone is a shame” .
© Supplied by Sofoot Wazza rises. While the Premier League proposed a 30% salary drop for all players in the league on Saturday, the former captain of the English team in turn head-on against this proposal in his column for the Sunday Times . Here's why: "First of all, the first thing to say is that if Derby County needed me to cut my salary to save the club, I would understand it and try to support the club in every way possible .

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