Robert Snodgrass tells Matt Hancock to ‘do his homework’ after Premier League players launch charitable fund

West Ham winger urged the Health Secretary to show more ‘respect’ to footballers

Tom Kershaw
Thursday 09 April 2020 11:19
Comments
Coronavirus: How has sport been affected?

West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass called on Health Secretary Matt Hancock to “do his homework” and show Premier League players “respect” after the launch of #PlayersTogether yesterday evening.

The charitable fund, devised by captains and key players at Premier League clubs, will work alongside NHS Charities Together to financially support those helping to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Hancock had publicly called on footballers “to play their part” and accept pay cuts and responded to the launch of #PlayersTogether by “warmly welcoming their big-hearted decision”.

Several players had expressed their frustration with Hancock’s decision to single them out and had already been exploring charitable avenues to support those responding to the crisis.

“Thanks @MattHancock it’s great to have your backing,” Snodgrass wrote on Twitter. “In future do your homework on what we do and who we are as people before coming for us.

“Over £1bn in tax and NI payments doesn’t even earn RESPECT anymore. It’s not about us it’s about the real heroes...The NHS.”

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford stressed the importance of “getting the money to the right places” in an interview with BT Sport, with players wary of any pay cuts benefiting club owners as opposed to those affected by the crisis.

“For us we want to help in the best way possible, getting the money to the right places is a massive thing,” Rashford said. “It took a lot of time, a lot of conversations between the players. We came to a decision that this was best way to do it, the club have supported that so everyone’s happy.

“There’s been plenty of occasions, for me personally, when you’ve tried to help but you’ve not helped in the best way possible and you can get backlash for that.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in