Should Premier League players accept wage cuts during the coronavirus crisis? Have your say in our poll

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As well as debates over how, when and indeed even where to finish the 2019-20 season, unquestionably the biggest current debate in football during the coronavirus pandemic surrounds player wage cuts.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has led calls for Premier League footballers to accept salary reductions and "play their part" in the national effort to battle the effects of Covid-19, also suggesting they should join together to support hospices.

Top-flight clubs - such as Liverpool and Tottenham - opting to utilise the government's coronavirus job retention scheme and furlough some non-playing staff has only increased calls for player wage cuts, with MP Julian Knight, the chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, previously accusing Premier League football of operating in a moral "vacuum".

However, many footballers past and present - including high-profile figures such as Wayne Rooney, Gary Lineker and Gary Neville - believe that players are being unfairly scapegoated and seen as "easy targets" during the crisis.

The Premier League will resume talks over wage cuts on Monday, having proposed a league-wide cut of 30 per cent last week over a period of 12 months, to be reviewed every month, in addition to announcing a £20million donation to the NHS and £125m advance for EFL and National League clubs.

However, that idea was rejected by the 20 Premier League captains during a tense videocall with clubs - who face combined losses of £1.2bn if the current campaign does not resume - on Saturday, with the PFA remarking that it would be detrimental to the NHS and cost the government more than £200m in tax receipts.

As revealed by Standard Sport, many clubs are now seeking to unilaterally negotiate with their players instead in a bid to find a solution.

Do you think Premier League footballers should accept wage cuts during the coronavirus-enforced shutdown? Have your say in our poll above!

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