Leeds United players, coaching staff and senior management have voluntarily deferred their wages to ensure the club’s 272 members of full-time and casual staff are paid in the coming months.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought sport to a virtual standstill worldwide and English football is suspended until at least April 30, with the hiatus hitting the revenue of clubs across the country.

Leeds say the lack of matches among other things will cost the club “several million pounds” each month, which led to coach Marcelo Bielsa and his squad deciding collectively to defer wages to keep the club running in “uncertain times”.

“My players have demonstrated an incredible sense of unity and togetherness and I’m proud of their actions,” Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta said in a statement.