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Newcastle United put non-playing staff on leave - BBC
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(Reuters) - Newcastle United have become the first Premier League club to place members of their non-playing staff on temporary leave in response to the coronavirus crisis, the BBC has reported.

The report said Newcastle's managing director Lee Charnley informed the staff in an email on Monday, saying the decision was taken to safeguard the club's future.

Newcastle have joined second division clubs such as Birmingham City and Millwall in placing the majority of their workforce, with the exception of players and first-team coaching staff, on furlough.

British finance minister Rishi Sunak announced earlier this month that furloughed workers can claim 80% of their wages up to 2,500 pounds ($3,081) per month as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who owns a controlling stake in the club, has not always been popular with fans, thousands of whom skipped matches this season to protest his ownership.

Ashley was criticised this month after a number of supporters were charged for their next season ticket, despite the ongoing suspension of the Premier League.

Ashley, who also holds a controlling stake in sports retailer Frasers Group, issued an apology last week for lobbying the government to keep his sports stores open after being told to close them as part of the coronavirus lockdown.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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1 Liverpool LIV 89 33 29 2 2 72 25 +47 89
2 Manchester City MAC 66 33 21 3 9 81 34 +47 66
3 Leicester City LEI 58 33 17 7 9 63 31 +32 58
4 Chelsea CHE 57 33 17 6 10 60 44 +16 57
5 Manchester United MUN 55 33 15 10 8 56 33 +23 55
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 52 33 13 13 7 45 36 +9 52
7 Arsenal ARS 49 33 12 13 8 49 41 +8 49
8 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 48 33 13 9 11 52 44 +8 48
9 Sheffield United SHE 48 33 12 12 9 34 33 +1 48
10 Burnley BUR 46 33 13 7 13 37 46 -9 46
11 Everton EVE 44 33 12 8 13 40 48 -8 44
12 Newcastle United NEW 43 33 11 10 12 35 45 -10 43
13 Southampton SOU 43 33 13 4 16 42 55 -13 43
14 Crystal Palace CRY 42 33 11 9 13 28 40 -12 42
15 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 36 33 8 12 13 35 44 -9 36
16 West Ham United WES 31 33 8 7 18 40 58 -18 31
17 Watford WAT 28 33 6 10 17 29 52 -23 28
18 Aston Villa AST 27 33 7 6 20 36 62 -26 27
19 AFC Bournemouth BOU 27 33 7 6 20 32 59 -27 27
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