Chelsea have confirmed that they will help their casual working staff by paying them in full for fixtures that have been postponed, including the matches against Aston Villa, Bayern Munich and Leicester City.
The payments will be funded entirely by the club and will go to the support staff who help on matchdays, with the decision set to benefit stewards, hospitality, ground staff and the raffle sellers outside the ground.
Various club legends who work in the premium seating areas including the likes of Ron Harris, Gary Chivers, Paul Canovile, Kerry Dixon and Bobby Tambling will also receive payment.
Chelsea will not require their staff to work any extra days for zero pay when football returns and they have also issued an advance on accrued holiday pay.
Frank Lampard has been impressed with the charitable response of his club, meanwhile, and commented: “I have been watching it closely with a lot of people talking about it, and I completely understand what a lot of prominent people in football have said: that players will do the right thing.
“They needed some time, and I think the politicians jumped the gun while things were being prepared. People behind the scenes knew that. It was unfortunate that picture got painted.
“But since then a lot of players and clubs have stood up in a good way. Not every situation has been perfect, but knowing players and how they think, that’s been a very good reaction. It’s ongoing, and it shouldn’t stop. That reaction needs to continue.
“If there is a light at the end of this tunnel, if there are things we can all learn, it’s how we give back and how we stick together. It’s very easily said, it’s much harder done, and I think there have been a lot of good gestures that have shown that.”
Source: News update