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FIFA ask players to halve their salaries due to coronavirus crisis (Marca)

Published on: 26 March 2020

FIFA's leaders met via video call for three hours on Thursday afternoon with clubs (ECA) and players (FIFPro) to shape the changes that the world of football needs to make to adapt to the global crisis that is being experienced because of the COVID-19 virus.

All parties seem to be aware of the need to adapt to the new scenario that football will experience from now on, with the proposals made by FIFA potentially set to be in effect from next week.

The measure with the greatest impact is the one that refers to the request that footballers take a 50 per cent pay cut as this situation continues to paralyse the football world. The Premier League has already adopted such a measure.

Once normality is restored, contracts would return to their former status, but without forgetting the reality surrounding society and sport.

The clubs will not be able to terminate any contract with players or coaches, and the creation of a major economic fund with hundreds of millions of euros, in which all football players will participate, is another notable measure that will be implemented.

The aforementioned fund will be the guarantee for football to maintain its current structure.

Everyone will be involved here, starting with FIFA and then the confederations, federations, players, television networks and sponsors, although the creation of this fund will take a little longer.

The end of the season is yet to be determined and each association will attend to their own situation, but always in a coordinated manner and without endangering health.

During this situation caused by the COVID-19 virus, clubs are not obliged to release players to their national teams. The players and clubs must be located for eventual anti-doping tests, too.

Clubs have the right to suspend the employment of temporary employees, a rule that refers to those who work on matchdays.


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