Ellis Genge, George Ford, Manu Tuilagi, Greg Bateman and Kyle Eastmond are among the few Leicester Tigers players who could be stood down at the club following their refusal to agree pay cuts, according to DailyMail.
The high profile players have declined to sign revised terms as part of the club’s urgent bid to reduce their wage bill and have been given a deadline of today (Tuesday) before their contracts get terminated.
Earlier this month, Premiership teams unanimously agreed to reduce the salary cap from £6.4m to £5m to help cope with the losses incurred as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Players across the league were ordered to sign new contracts by June 18, so clubs could take advantage of a salary cap loophole that allows 'existing' deals to count to 75 per cent of their value in 2021.
Many of Leicester Tigers players missed the deadline, voicing their concern at the proposed cuts and tried to set up their own players' union to help fight the clubs who are slashing wage bills.
No joe you see, when you’re one of the many pigeons that flock around and play you have to adhere to the rules or you will be punished! These boys can do as they fucking want though, don’t argue with them mind or you’ll be abolished 🤭— Gengey (@EllisGenge) June 28, 2020