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Manchester United is set to continue to pay all their casual matchday staff even if the remainder of their season has been left in doubt.
The Football Association has announced that all elite football is suspended until April 30 because of the disease that has killed close to 10,000 people, but United say their staff’s earnings will be unaffected.
Old Trafford will host four Premier League matches – against Sheffield United, Bournemouth, Southampton and West Ham – if the season resumes.
It is understood the payments total £1m (S$1.66m) and cover more than 3,000 staff.
The club also say staff will be paid should postponed fixtures be rearranged for another date.
“This goodwill gesture reflects the club’s desire to reduce the financial uncertainty facing its casual workforce, and is in recognition of the crucial role they play in delivering services to supporters,” said the club in a statement.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward added: “We rely on our outstanding staff to deliver an exceptional service and experience to fans at Old Trafford.
“We understand that these are unprecedented circumstances and want to give them security whatever may happen regarding our remaining fixtures this season.”
United striker Marcus Rashford has also donated a “significant” fee to a charity to help provide meals for children affected by school closures.
He has partnered with FareShareUK and has been speaking to organisations about how to help ensure the most vulnerable children are reached.