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How Europe's Biggest Football Clubs and Players are Dealing with Pay Cuts During Coronavirus Pandemic

Representative Photo (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Representative Photo (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Some of the football clubs and leagues have been discussing pay cuts with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

With sports events around the world suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, football clubs and leagues have been discussing pay cuts with players to help them make it through the crisis.

Here is a summary of some of the agreements reached or negotiated by major football clubs.


On April 6 Serie A officials proposed to cut players' wages by a third if the season is cancelled and a sixth if it eventually resumes, with the chance for clubs to individually negotiate cuts with their employees. The Italian Players' Association (AIC) called it "totally inadmissible"[nL8N2BU5DY], a sentiment shared by the Italian coaches' association (AIAC).


Players and coach Maurizio Sarri have reached an agreement over a wage reduction that will save the Italian champions 90 million euros ($100.26 million), the Serie A club said on March 28.


Players and coaching staff are willing to cut their wages for the rest of the season, Italian news agency Ansa reported citing sources in the club. The details will be decided once it is clear whether the current season will resume.


The team decided to put an initial 77 non-playing staff in furlough and plans to rotate the others 250 non-playing workers in the same scheme, Corriere dello Sport reported.


On April 4 Premier League called for a 30% players’ wage reduction. The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) criticised the proposal, arguing it could reduce tax revenue for the National Health Service.

Also on Aprl 4, Premier League clubs agreed to support lower divisions with 125 million pounds, to be used in early solidarity payments, parachute payments and Academy Grants.


On April 5 the Champions League winners said it would furlough some of the non-playing staff, but on April 6 reversed the decision after sharp criticism from fans and British government officials.


Spurs have imposed a 20% pay cut on 550 non-playing staff in April and May due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League club said on March 31.


Newcastle United have become the first Premier League club to place members of their non-playing staff on temporary leave in response to the coronavirus crisis, the BBC has reported.


The Spanish Football Federation said on March 25 that it planned to open a 500 million euro line of credit to clubs which will not be able to claim their full television rights.


Players and coaching staff voluntarily agreed on April 8 to cut between 10% and 20% of their wages to avoid "traumatic measures that affect the rest of the workers," the club said.


Players will make an extra contribution on top of the 70% pay cut they have agreed to take during the enforced La Liga break so that the club's other employees can earn their full salaries during the coronavirus crisis, captain Lionel Messi said on March 30.


Atletico Madrid have also temporarily cut players' and coaches' wages by 70%, but guaranteed a full salary for their other employees, the Spanish club said on April 2.


Borussia Dortmund , Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen have come together to create a 20million euro solidarity fund to help German clubs in the top two tiers.


The German champions said players would cut their salaries by 20%, ESPN reported citing a confirmation from the club.


The German club said on March 24 that players, managers and coaching staff agreed to cut their salaries to show solidarity with the club's 850 employees and families.


Sporting director Max Eberl said in an interview on the club's website that the team has offered to renounce to their salaries if needed.


Players agreed to give up their salaries, while managers and employees agreed on salary cuts.



The club has put all of its staff on partial unemployment status like all the clubs in French top-tier league Ligue 1.

Under a government scheme, companies can request a reimbursement for putting workers on shorter or zero hours since the coronavirus outbreak.