PIERS MORGAN has branded his beloved Arsenal and their billionaire owner “shameful” for laying off 55 members of their non-playing staff.
The Gunners are set to make a huge chunk of their staff redundant as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with many clubs struggling financially.
The shock news was met with a monster backlash from fans.
And in the sea of criticism, Arsenal-mad Morgan launched a typically furious rant at his own team.
The Good Morning Britain host took particular aim at “multi-billionaire” owner Stan Kroenke and bench-warming Mesut Ozil for “sitting on his “a**e” to the tune of £350,000 a week.
Morgan roared: “Arsenal firing 55 staff when we’re owned by a multi-billionaire, have just made £££ by winning the FA Cup & qualifying for Europe, & pay Mesut Ozil £350k-a-week to sit on his a**e, is morally indefensible.
“[It’s] not what I expect from a club with our heritage.
The North Londoners are owned by mega-rich American sports tycoon Kroenke.
The Arsenal owner’s net worth is a staggering £6.31BILLION – which is 10,286 times Ozil’s weekly wage.
But despite the vast amount of wealth in the upper echelons of the club, they are still cutting jobs at the bottom.
The Gunners’ head of football Raúl Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham published a statement to fans on their website on Wednesday.
It read: “Over recent years we have consistently invested in additional staff to take the club forward.
“But with the expected reduction of income in mind, it is now clear that we must reduce our costs further to ensure we are operating in a sustainable and responsible way, and to enable us to continue to invest in the team.
“Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can.
“Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.”
The statement continued: “We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point.
“We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals.
“We know this is upsetting and difficult for our dedicated staff and our focus is on managing this as sensitively as possible.
“These proposed changes are ultimately about ensuring we take this great football club forward, creating the right organisation for a post-Covid world, and ensuring we have the resources to return to competing effectively at the top of the game here and in Europe.”
Fans recently flew a “Kroenke Out” banner over Arsenal’s defeat at Villa Park.
And supporters joined Morgan in lashing out after the club for their decision.
One wrote: “If the jobs are genuinely redundant, it is what it is…
“But if, as I suspect, we’re letting people go as a cost saving measure to pinch a few grand here & there, it’s f***ing rank given how much money our owners are worth.”
Another disgruntled user tweeted: “55 job losses to celebrate the FA Cup win whilst Mesut Ozil is on £350k-a-week. Could never be my club.”
And another added: “Only makes the Ozil situation that much more depressing, seeing as his wages would comfortably support keeping those 55 jobs + others.”
By: Dave Fraser
Title: Piers Morgan slams Arsenal and billionaire owner for laying off 55 staff while £350k-a-week Ozil ‘sits on his a**e’
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12326562/arsenal-piers-morgan-slam-redudancies-kroenke-ozil/
Published Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 07:24:05 +0000
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