PSL players may be subjected to salary cuts

With domestic football activities currently on halt following the country’s 21-day lockdown amid fears of spreading the coronavirus pandemic, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) admits that salary cuts for PSL players may be necessary.

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Acting chief executive of the PSL, Mato Madlala, recently confirmed that clubs will continue receiving grants to pay players despite the lockdown as clubs receive the grant every month throughout the year.

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SAFPU President Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe however believes that circumstances could force the implementation of pay cuts for players, which comes after international teams, Juventus in particular, announced a cut in player salaries.

“We might have to enter into this discussion and is getting ready for it, ” the SAFPU boss said, as quoted by Sport 24.

“We have flagged it. But we are not at that point. If it gets to that point, we will sit down and negotiate on the facts that are before us.

Gaoshubelwe added that although it can’t be predicted what will happen in the not-so-distant future, they are keeping close tabs on what’s happening abroad.

“We made our points on occupational hazard, health and safety in that discussion and we were pleased they were taken up.

“We cannot pre-empt now what is going to happen, but we have been watching what has been going on overseas.”

The Absa Premiership has been scheduled to resume on April 16th.