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Tuesday 20 February 2018

PL to meet living wage petition fan

More than 50,000 people have signed a petition calling on Premier League clubs to pay the living wage
More than 50,000 people have signed a petition calling on Premier League clubs to pay the living wage

A Tottenham fan is to meet Premier League bosses on Thursday after more than 50,000 people signed his petition calling for clubs to pay their staff the living wage.

Youth worker Joel Sharples, 25, set up the petition on change.org last week and has secured a meeting with the Premier League's head of policy, Bill Bush.

The living wage is currently £9.15 per hour in London and £7.85 elsewhere in the country compared with the legal minimum wage of £6.50 per hour.

Premier League clubs that pay their players tens and in some cases hundreds of thousands of pounds a week have come under pressure to increase wages for other staff.

A spotlight was again shone on the issue earlier this month when the latest TV rights for the Premier League were sold for £5.1billion.

Sharples said: "I hope that Bill Bush will recognise the widespread revulsion at the gross inequalities at football clubs, and begin taking steps towards implementing the living wage."

Press Association

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