By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon


The Federation of international professional footballers association (FIFPro) has given its opinion on the consequences of the crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic on the economic management of clubs.

In a communique, the footballers’ syndicate expressed worries over the rationale and legitimacy over the choice made by some clubs, to lay-off some of their players. A glaring example is FC Barcelona.

“Though we are very much encouraged by the cooperation of all the actors at the level of world football, we are very preoccupied by the fact that a good number of clubs, in more than half-a-dozen of countries, have started to lay-off players or have unilaterally decided to reduce their wages,” the communique from FIFPro reads.

“We call on clubs that have financial difficulties in the short run, to meet with national footballers’ syndicates, to negotiate equitable and proportionate agreements which respect their legal obligations and meets the interests of the employers and employees.

“In a time of such a huge social crisis, solutions ought to be found with everyone’s contribution. The majority of players, apart from those in the principal championships across the world, are at the same level or below the national average revenue and are seriously affected by pay cuts.”

The footballers’ syndicate is looking at a possibility to protect players while taking into consideration the difficulties the clubs are experiencing and strike a balance that leaves both parties satisfied.


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