Football in this country is in danger of disappearing up its own backside.

A force for so much good, the game has been hurtling towards a place which makes it look completely out of touch with what is going on around it.

In-fighting, public arguments and, so far, an inability to reach consensus on how best to use its vast wealth to help the people who need it most during a national emergency, the beautiful game has looked decidedly ugly in recent days.

The public backlash to Spurs and Liverpool deciding to utilise the government's job retention scheme to furlough a number of non-playing staff has been as fierce as it was expected with both clubs rightly being accused of taking advantage of a system not designed for Premier League football clubs.

Certainly not ones who make sizeable profits or are able to pay directors massive bonuses for overseeing the building of a new stadium, that wasn't built on time.

It's just wrong.

And as Everton, and the other clubs in similar positions, continue to monitor the financial landscape, they are facing a significant moral question.

So far, five top flights clubs have asked for the government's help – and therefore the tax payers' – to ensure some of their staff can continue to be paid during this crisis, while Manchester City are the only club, to date, to make it clear they will not be using furlough.

Everton's stance, this morning, remains as it was at the end of last week, that the club have no immediate plans to utilise the scheme, where the government pays 80% of wages up to the tune of £2,500 until June 1, while employees are sent home on leave.

The Blues, who have already made a commitment paying all matchday and non-matchday casual workers, are regularly reviewing the situation and though it remains 'business as usual' – as much as it can be – the longer the crisis deepens, and the longer games go without being played and the longer the reserves of cash keep being used, with less coming back in to top it up, the more difficult it all becomes.

And the more it becomes a question of doing what is right versus doing what is allowed, as they look to protect staff.

Premier League clubs, like Spurs and Liverpool, are allowed to ask for government help.

As tax paying companies, they are fully entitled to use the funds to help them protect jobs, but the system is not designed for them or other businesses of their size and their decision to leap to it has also been seen as hugely premature.

Yet they have opted to use it, employing a ruthlessly hard-nosed business decision, not in keeping with the times.

So what of Everton? What are their options here? How can they find a solution to a moral and financial question? How can they avoid furloughing staff? How can they do what is right, as opposed to doing what is allowed, and ensure they continue to protect jobs and staff?

With so much uncertainty, there are no easy or clear answers, but as a club that understands how much the game can be a force for good, they must do all they can to uphold that image, while others are defacing it.

When Farhad Moshiri said that money would not be a problem while he was at the football club, or words to that effect, he did not see a pandemic bringing the game to a halt.

But it does make you wonder if the answer to the question facing Everton in the coming days, weeks and months, and the solution to any cash flow problems and shortfall in earnings they will suffer, could be with the majority shareholder?

There will be reluctance to ask a man who has already spent hundreds of millions of pounds at the football club, to dip his hands into his pocket once again, because his financial commitment has been staggering.

Yet him doing so would send out a powerful message, that is for sure.

Because in the battle between doing what is right and what is the club's right, then his ability to cover any short-term financial issues could provide relief and answers for the club, but direction for the game too.

Not that it is Moshiri, or the club's, responsibility to do so (it's just they do it better than most) but doing so could allow Everton to uphold that image of football as a force for good.

Farhad Moshiri of Everton at Goodison Park
Farhad Moshiri of Everton at Goodison Park

Everton have long been criticised for not making enough of those ruthless, hard-nosed business decisions and being too emotional, but in this instance supporters would applaud it.

The club are not the only ones to have reached out to their fans and community during this crisis but they have certainly led the way and it doing all they can to avoid furloughing staff would rightly cement their position as a club in tune with its fan-base, and the times.

It might all be too simplistic, or idealistic, but, from somewhere, football needs an antidote to the nonsense of the past week.

Any potential injection of cash from Moshiri is, of course, not without its complications.

How quickly he would be able to get his hands on the right amount of money, only he knows, but also the club would have to be mindful of how Uefa's Financial Fair Play, and the Premier League's profit and sustainability regulations, would look at another transfer of money from the owner to keep the club moving forward.

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There has been talk of FFP being relaxed but we've yet to have the Premier League communicate on such issues.

They have their hands full right now, of course, but if Everton and Moshiri are minded to explore this avenue as a way of protecting staff in the short-term, without government and tax payer help, then they would need clarification.

What is clear, for most in football at least, is that big Premier League clubs should not be furloughing staff.