Premier League clubs should pay all their workers the living wage – even those not directly employed by them, say campaigners.
Football bosses this week agreed top-flight clubs should pay the £7.85 an hour rate outside London from 2016-17.
Staff in the capital will get £9.15.
But thousands of workers at the 20 top-flight teams will be denied the key wage because they are not directly employed by clubs.
Catering and stewarding roles are often sub-contracted, meaning casual workers will miss out on the hourly rate experts say is needed to cover the basic costs of living.
Pressure group Citizens UK hailed the “momentous decision”.
But it claimed that casual staff such as stewards would miss out on the extra cash, saying: “Most are on sub-contracts.”
Sophie Stevens from Citizens UK added: "It’s not clear at this stage how many people this will affect, as most low paid staff at the clubs are employed on sub-contracts.
“We hope this great move to pay the Living Wage to directly employed staff will be the first step towards Living Wage accreditation which means paying the Living Wage to the entire workforce.”
Chelsea have signed up to the living wage for full-time and sub-contracted staff. Several other clubs have made “positive moves”, according to insiders.
The Premier League’s decision follows its latest £5.3billion TV rights deal.
Spain kept the heat on Group C leaders Slovakia with a 1-0 victory over Ukraine in Seville.
Alvaro Morata netted the only goal in the first half, as the reigning European champions sealed their fourth win from five games in qualifying.
Slovakia were also in action, and they comfortably saw off Luxembourg with a 3-0 victory.
Elsewhere, there were thumping wins for Austria and Slovenia over Liechtenstein and San Marino, 5-0 and 6-0 respectively.
Belarus picked up the first win of their qualifying campaign, a 2-1 victory away to Macdeonia, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the scoresheet for Sweden in their 2-0 victory at Moldova.
The match between Montenegro and Russia was abandoned, after initially being suspended in the first minute when Russia keeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare thrown from the crowd.
Friday's Euro 2016 qualifying results in full:
England 4-0 Lithuania
Liechtenstein 0-5 Austria
Spain 1-0 Ukraine
PAWinner: Spain celebrate Morata's goal
Switzerland 3-0 Estonia
Moldova 0-2 Sweden
Slovenia 6-0 San Marino
Slovakia 3-0 Luxembourg
Macdeonia 1-2 Belarus
Montenegro A-A Russia
Danny Welbeck doubtful for Italy clash as Raheem Sterling is excused from England squad for friendly
Danny Welbeck is a doubt for Tuesday night's friendly with Italy after suffering a knee injury in the 4-0 win over Lithuania.
The Arsenal and England striker was on target as the Three Lions continued their perfect start to Euro 2016 qualifying at Wembley.
However, he was replaced by Theo Walcott late on and faces a race against time to be fit for the trip to Turin.
England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed Raheem Sterling, Leighton Baines and James Milner will not travel and be released to their clubs early.
Sterling has a toe injury, Manchester City's Milner is carrying a knee problem and Baines will also return to his club Everton.
Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand will join up with the squad on Saturday.
In pictures - England 4-0 Lithuania
Tom Carroll's second-half goal was enough to give England Under-21s a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic as the Three Lions continued their preparations for this summer's European Championships.
The win will come as a psychological boost for Gareth Southgate's men, who took the chance to acclimatise to their surroundings, with the Czech Republic playing hosts to the tournament in June.
Southgate handed debuts to Arsenal defender Calum Chambers - already a full international - Southampton full-back Matt Targett and Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli for the clash and England made a bright start, dictating possession and tempo early on.
Matej DiviznaOppo: England nudged the Czechs out in Prague
The Czechs looked dangerous on the break, however, and the home side could have opened the scoring when Carroll had to clear Matej Vydra's shot off the line after 25 minutes.
England continued to enjoy more of the ball but the visitors struggled to penetrate the defence of their opponents, who grew into the game and finished the stronger side before the interval.
The Czechs' momentum stalled after the restart, however, as goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka spilled Chambers' cross and the ball fell conveniently for Spurs starlet Carroll to slot home.
Matej DiviznaNot this time: Hughes reacts to missing a chance
The midfielder picked up a knock in the process and had to be replaced by Will Hughes soon after, but England grew in confidence after the goal and looked the more likely to grab a second in the latter stages.
Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, currently on loan at Derby, was guilty of spurning a chance in the final 10 minutes when Nathan Redmond's cross reached him at the far post and his side-foot finish was deflected wide.
It made little difference, however, as England held on for victory and now look ahead to a home clash against Germany on Monday.