Coronavirus Outbreak: Barcelona to cut wages of players, staff during COVID-19 lockdown

Barcelona are taking measures to cut the wages of their players and staff to reduce the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, the LaLiga club said on Thursday.

Reuters March 27, 2020 11:34:37 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Barcelona to cut wages of players, staff during COVID-19 lockdown

Madrid: Barcelona are taking measures to cut the wages of their players and staff to reduce the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, the LaLiga club said on Thursday.

All professional players at Barcelona, including six-times world player of the year Lionel Messi, as well as non-playing staff, will face a compulsory wage reduction during the period of lockdown, the club’s directors decided at a board meeting held via video conference.

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File image of Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Reuters

Spain was put into lockdown on 14 March 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.

Spain has been Europe’s second-most impacted country by the pandemic behind Italy, with the death toll surpassing 4,000. Over 56,000 people have tested positive for the virus.

“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,” Barcelona said in a 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.

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