Sheffield United are set to place some of their non-playing staff on furlough, reports the Sheffield Star.

It is going to affect fewer than 50 full-time employees. They are all currently unable to do their jobs because of the Premier League’s decision to suspend fixtures until at least April 30.

The government’s worker retention scheme pays 80 percent of a person’s wages up to the value of £2,500 a month. The Blades have pledged to pay the other 20 percent to ensure all those affected receive their full salaries.

Several top flight clubs in England have already chosen to do something similar. This includes Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool also placed some non-playing staff on temporary leave, but then made a u-turn and reversed the decision following backlash from fans.

According to BBC Sport, the Reds are the world’s seventh richest club and made a profit of £42m last year.

United, newly promoted to the Premier League this season, are not in the same position and do not have huge amounts of cash reserves to fall back on.

Instead they choose to reinvest money from promotion back into the club. They have spent over £65m on new players this term, including the likes of Sander Berge, Oli McBurnie and Lys Mousset.

What Sheffield United fans think of the furlough decision

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A traditionally working class club, it’s fair to say that most supporters have not reacted well to this reported decision.

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