Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff is donating 30% of his contract to the NHS during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Yesterday, TalkSport and other outlets highlighted that Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff is donating 30% of his Premier League contract this season to the National Health Service. It is a really great gesture from the youngest player to feature for Newcastle United this season and one of the lowest-paid players in the EPL.
His decision is an honorable one for anyone of any age, but they especially ring powerful for a 20-year-old that doesn’t make a whole lot of money now. While players across the Premier League and the Newcastle United roster earn high amounts, Longstaff’s salary is reported at only £850 per week. That doesn’t factor in the 30% pay cut that is being discussed for EPL players.
A native of the area, Matty Longstaff is truly showing the spirit of a Geordie. Newcastle is a working-class city. With his hometown, the country, and the world dealing with a historical challenge, Matty is stepping up in a big way when he wasn’t expected to. Hopefully, Longstaff will inspire other players across the soccer world, including for the Magpies, to use their financial standing to help those that aren’t living that comfortably.
We are all waiting for the end of this pandemic and the potential return and completion of the Premier League 2019-20 season. All of us here at Newcastle Toons are hoping that you and yours are all healthy and holding up well during these tough times. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.