Barcelona to cut player wages due to coronavirus

Spanish giants Barcelona are feeling the effects of the global coronavirus outbreak in more ways than one, leading to the prognosis that players’ wages will be cut.

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The club said on Thursday that staff too will have their wages reduced owing to the economic downturn suffered by the league. Lionel Messi has not been spared as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is also set to face a compulsory wage reduction during the period of lockdown, as resolved upon by the club’s directors at a video conference board meeting.

Barcelona likley to cut salary of first-team players amid COVID-19 ...
Barcelona players, including Lionel Messi, and club staff are set to receive a reduction in wages while the Spanish LaLiga is in suspension dut to coronavirus (Image: AFP).

Spain was put into lockdown on March 14 with citizens only allowed to leave their homes in order to conduct essential business. The period is expected to be extended this weekend once the initial 15-day period has finished. As has been reported in earnest over the last few days, Spain is the second-most impacted country by the pandemic behind Italy, with the death toll surpassing 4 000.

Among the measures adopted, it’s worth noting those related to the workplace are motivated by the need to adapt the contractual obligations of the club staff, to the new and temporary circumstances that we are experiencing.

FC Barcelona statement

“It is a reduction of the working day, imposed by the circumstances and the protection measures carried out, and, as a consequence, the proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.” Barca also said they have made their club and annex facilities available to the Catalan government’s regional health department.