They would prefer to make a combined donation straight to the NHS and various charities of their choice – a process which has already started.
Players are determined to dig deep and do whatever they can to help, but have made it clear this will have to be on their terms.
Clubs like Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle deciding to take advantage of the furlough scheme has caused real anger.
The players at the moment feel let down by both their respective clubs and the PFA.
Players also want the Premier League to increase their donation to the NHS from £20m to £50m – and to improve the offer of funding for EFL and National League clubs from £125m to £200m.
They also want the league to lobby the government to get other wealthy sportspeople to make sacrifices of their own to aid the fight against COVID-19.