As The Star revealed first earlier this week, the majority of those subject to the measure are employed on a casual basis by the Premier League club, although a small number of full-time workers - believed to number less than 50 - are also affected.
Bramall Lane’s hierarchy said they will not initially be taking advantage of a government scheme which subsidises 80 per cent of an individual’s wage up to a sum of £2,500 per month, although the statement acknowledged this could change at a later date.
Sheffield United Football Club has informed its staff of the decision to furlough some employees who are unable to perform their regular day-to-day duties at this time,” the statement read. “These are predominantly casual employees but include a small number of permanent staff.
“The blub confirms that permanent and casual staff will continue to be paid in full, despite the challenges of dealing with the impact of COVID-19.
“Those furloughed have been given the green light to sign up for the NHS volunteering scheme or similar initiatives in lieu of regular employment at Bramall Lane or other club sites.
“Senior officials at the club are aware of the Government’s Job Retention Scheme. At a later date, after the full financial impact of the situation can be more accurately quantified, the Club will assess whether or not to participate in the JRS.”
With all competition suspended indefinitely to try and combat the spread of coronavirus, football’s governing bodies have spoken at length about the financial issues facing clubs across the divisions, including those in the top-flight.
United were seventh in the table when the fixture schedule was halted at the beginning of last month, and preparing for an FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.
“All at Sheffield United Football Club would also like to pass on the best wishes to everyone, locally, nationally and internationally, affected by the current pandemic,” the statement added.