Some clubs could ask for the furlough, they’re within their rights to do so, however unscrupulous it is. Some might not, I hope we’re one of the ones who lead the way.
Where it’ll really grate, is when/if (I’m sure it will because players will be out of contract etc) the transfer window opens. Clubs like Tottenham go and spend another £50-60m on a player as well offering massive wages. Some clubs will have taken the hit and may have to allow for that in the transfer market, albeit with their heads held high.
Some businesses will have to sell assets to get through this hardship. Valuable assets are what almost every top football club has. So for me there’s no excuse to be using the Governments handouts, unless it’s essential to keep them afloat (that’s afloat, not mega-rich).
I must admit, from a players point of view, by covering the whole club staffs wages, they aren’t helping the club or the staff, they’re helping our government. Granted, clubs could furlough staff and the club/players could pick up the 20% shortfall. I’d be surprised if, especially in regards to the foreign players who are paying our government the highest tax rate, were bothered about going out of their way to essentially save the country (one they’ll not have been living in very long) a fortune.
Last paragraph could be argued against in many ways on a moral level. It’s not my way of thinking, rather playing devil’s advocate.