Reading FC chief executive Nigel Howe has confirmed that the players are yet to agree to defer their wages during the season suspension as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Both Howe and boss Mark Bowen agreed to defer a substantial percentage of their wages earlier in the month to help the club's financial situation during the indefinite suspension.

It's also been confirmed that players from both the women's and U23 sides have been placed on the government's furlough scheme.

Howe confirmed on BBC Berkshire that the club's first team players have not reached an agreement to defer their wages, despite skipper Liam Moore saying that an informal agreement has already been made.

"The players haven't done any deferment yet. I have had three or four calls with the captain Liam Moore, and one call with a team group who are those who represent the majority of the players, and as yet there is nothing been agreed.

"I've always seen us there at the forefront of and always leading the way in terms of doing the right thing in football, one way or the other.

"If we don't get to an agreed deferment I think it would be a sad day for Reading. I will personally be very disappointed, but they have got a few days.

"I don't want to get to a point where it has gone on for months and if they don't get to an agreement it could become more of an uncomfortable issue between them, me and Mr Dai [Yongge, club owner].

"We're not taking money off the players so that is something that needs to be brought to a head and I hope the players will be sensible about it."