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'Shameless hypocrisy, as ever': Rival fans fume at 'disgusting' spending as Liverpool and Tottenham splash £38m for Thiago and Gareth Bale... just months after both clubs tried to use FURLOUGH scheme to pay staff Tottenham and Liverpool's spending caught the eye of rival clubs' supporters  Gareth Bale is off to Tottenham and Thiago to Liverpool in lucrative transfers  Many described their actions as hypocritical after the clubs both tried to take advantage of the government furlough scheme to pay non-playing staff  Liverpool and Tottenham eventually reversed that plan but they were ridiculed 

By Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Published: 14:25 BST, 18 September 2020 | Updated: 14:34 BST, 18 September 2020

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Deals for Gareth Bale to go to Tottenham and Thiago Alcantara to go to Liverpool saw rival fans lead criticism against the clubs, months after they attempted to use the government's furlough scheme.

Both clubs eventually reversed their decision to use the furlough scheme following a public backlash.

Tottenham, who saw Bale and team-mate Sergio Reguilon arrive at the training ground on Friday ahead of sealing a £40million double swoop, announced on March 31 that 550 staff members would take a 20 per cent pay cut in an attempt 'to protect jobs'. 

Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham's training ground ahead of sealing his loan return

Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham's training ground ahead of sealing his loan return

Thiago Alcantara said goodbye to Bayern Munich as he closes in on a switch to Liverpool

Thiago Alcantara said goodbye to Bayern Munich as he closes in on a switch to Liverpool

Rival fans described the spending as 'disgusting' as both clubs attempted to use the government's furlough scheme to pay non-playing staff earlier in the year due to Covid-19

Rival fans described the spending as 'disgusting' as both clubs attempted to use the government's furlough scheme to pay non-playing staff earlier in the year due to Covid-19

Now both are spending on players, one user described the situation as 'shameless hypocrisy'

Now both are spending on players, one user described the situation as 'shameless hypocrisy'

One fan said it 'makes me laugh' to see both clubs shift their approach in a matter of months

One fan said it 'makes me laugh' to see both clubs shift their approach in a matter of months

After the swoop for Bale and

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