Sir Keir Starmer hits out at Gunnersaurus sack in plea to Premier League clubs

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Sir Keir Starmer has called on ­pandemic-hit football clubs to spare their mascots the boot.

The Labour leader made his plea as the cheerleaders became the latest victims of Covid-19 – with the supporters they entertain currently barred from matches.

And last night just FOUR Premier League teams confirmed theirs were safe.

Sir Keir hit out at his own team, Arsenal, for laying off Jerry Quy – who has been in the Gunnersaurus suit for 27 years – and blaming the move on the financial impact of the coronavirus.

He said he was “disappointed” and urged all clubs to show “compassion, decency and fairness” by supporting their staff.

Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil has offered to pay Jerry’s salary and Arsenal said the mascot will stay – but refused to say if Jerry will still be in the outfit.

Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Burnley have also confirmed their mascots were safe.

West Ham would not be nailed down on Hammerhead, saying: “It’s not something we will be commenting on.”

Newcastle would not say if Monty and Maggie Magpies would be taking wing and Filbert The Fox at Leicester City risks being hounded out.

Asked about his future, a spokesman said: “The club don’t take part in these kind of surveys.” But Burnley said: “Bertie Bee is still buzzing around!” Man United said Fred The Red Devil “remains employed”. And Crystal Palace said of Pete and Alice the Eagles: “Our mascots will be back when fans return.”

Sir Keir’s spokesman said: “All clubs, particularly wealthier clubs, should be showing how they are supporting staff. We hope all clubs take this on board.”

  • Arsenal FC
  • Premier League
  • Labour Party
  • Mesut Ozil

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