Burnley to pay all casual staff despite season being suspended

Burnley will continue to pay all casual staff while football is suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The measure covers both matchday and non-matchday staff, including those working for Burnley’s community arm.

Premier League matches will not resume until at least the end of April, with the expectation being that date will be pushed further back.

Chief executive Neil Hart said: “This is a difficult time for everyone and we wanted to reassure those who work in casual roles on either a matchday or non-matchday for Burnley Football Club that they will not be financially disadvantaged by the current situation.

“Our over-riding priority is to look after the well-being of our staff and their families during this testing time and we hope this will provide some comfort and reassurance.”

Burnley players have also been calling fans, particularly those who may feel isolated in their homes, to offer support.

Captain Ben Mee and midfielder Jack Cork spoke to local people who attend Burnley FC in the Community’s Extra Time club, which provides social opportunities and activities for the over-50s.

“At this difficult time, it’s important for us all to do what we can to help,” said Mee.

“Hopefully this will raise spirits for those getting the calls, and it was really nice to speak directly to someone so appreciative of the chance to chat.”

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