With football paralyzed for more than a month and with no prospect of resuming any time soon, more than half of the league’s clubs have already reached agreements with their players to lower their salaries and avoid further economic damage. Not only the personalities of footballers, coaches and executives, who assume that in such a severe loss moment and with a future of so much uncertainty, it is necessary to reduce their salaries, but also for the rest of the employees of clubs or corporations, than with the Agreements reached will not see their wages reduced in most cases.
To alleviate the crisis that is shaking an industry that represents 1.37% of the country’s GDP, the clubs of the highest category in Spanish football are carrying out two measures. The ERTE, applied, according to the order of the First classification, by Barcelona, Seville, Atlético de Madrid, Alavés and Espanyol; and the agreements, in order to avoid temporary employment regulation files, which have already been reached by Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Athletic, Osasuna, Betis, Levante, Valladolid and Celta.
The footballers’ salary reduction would reach 20% in the event that the competition could not be resumed for Real Madrid (if football returns it would be 10%), Real Sociedad, Osasuna and Levante, although the Navarrese club has announced that “the salaries of all the club’s workers will be maintained during the months of March, April and May, the most complicated of the health crisis”, and “if the season can end, the workers will receive one hundred percent of their wages normally”. For Athletic and Valladolid, if the championship were to be permanently suspended, the drop in chips would be 17%, and for Betis, 15%. «It is difficult to talk about money when there is a serious health problem, but the economic scenario is difficult for Betis if the League is not resumed. We have put the club, its fans and its workers above all, because doing an ERTE would have brought a lot of instability, “admitted the president of the Verdiblanco club, Ángel Haro, who when he announced the agreement thanked the” generosity “of the players and the coaching staff.
If the remainder of the competition could be concluded behind closed doors, as LaLiga wishes, Levante would reduce its salary by 3%, according to an agreement “that” avoids taking drastic labor measures for the rest of the workers in the club »which also includes the president, Quico Catalán, At double the salary, 6%, the Athletic footballers would then resign, with matches without an audience, who joined the list on Wednesday; and 5% those of the Real Sociedad.
Just two weeks ago, LaLiga urged, “given that the conversations with the Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) are very distant -and thus still remain-“, he urged the First and Second clubs «to initiate ERTE to reduce working hours due to force majeure authorized by the Government as an exceptional mechanism to avoid and alleviate the negative impact that the Covid-19 is having on the sector ». Since then, after Alavés, Espanyol, Barça and Atlético were ahead of that measure required by the employers, Sevilla has been the only one that has presented an ERTE that can reach, and actually reaches in clubs, up to 70% of the reduction in working hours and, therefore, in wages. “The position of AFE, by responsibility, is the application of the reduction of working hours, if the ERTE is justified, and to avoid that all the economic impact falls on the public purse”, insists the syndidate of players.