Krul insists football will support the national effort against coronavirus
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Tim Krul has committed to doing more to help the battle against coronavirus - but admits the current situation is complex.
Footballers have been the target of criticism by numerous quarters, including the health secretary Matt Hancock, surrounding issues such as taking pay cuts or deferrals in order to help society in the current climate.
The Dutch goalkeeper was a member of the City squad who made a donation in excess of £200,000 for local communities fighting against the ramifications of the virus.
“Football players are getting a bit of a bad name at the moment and in any walk of life you have the odd ones out,” he said. “But in the main, everyone will try to help and you need to find the right time and the right way.
“As a club, we will do what’s right for sure. Things don’t just happen overnight. It’s not as easy as to just say ‘right, we will give this amount of wages or these weekly wages’. There’s more to it.
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“That’s why we made our donation as a club, as it was something we could do quickly and relatively easily. I hope the money is getting to the right places as quickly as possible and, for sure, there will be more happening in the near future.”
City have been criticised for furloughing members of their non-playing staff despite the club deciding to top up the 20pc of wages not covered by the government.
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City’s squad took matters into their own hands last week in a step designed to helped the response to Covid-19 in Norfolk.
“Everyone wanted to do something, so we chatted with the directors and the staff, and asked ‘what can we do?’ It’s hard because you don’t want to chuck all your eggs straight away into one basket if things are still happening in four or five weeks, two months and people still need help.
“We came to the conclusion to make this donation initially and just get some initial aid out to the people who might need it the most. At the moment, it was the right direction to go in and all the players were straight on board to donate a big piece,” Krul told the Telegraph.
“Of course, there will be more we do but we are not with each other 24/7, so it’s more challenging to get everybody on the right page. This was an initial move from us to get it going.”