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Player wage cuts shouldn’t be ruled out – FIGC head

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“We have been called upon to make gestures of great responsibility.”

President of Italian Football Federation (FIGC) Gabriele Gravina during a Italys training session at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 11 October 2019. Italy prepares the UEFA Euro 2020 group J qualifying soccer matches against Greece on 12 October 2019 and Liechtenstein on 15 October 2019. Picture: EPA/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI

Wage cuts for footballers should not be ruled out as the sport tackles the effects of the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the head of Italy’s soccer federation (FIGC) said on Wednesday.

Italy has emerged as the worst-hit country outside China with over 35 000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and nearly 3 000 deaths.

Serie A was the first of the big five European leagues to be suspended and the stoppage is expected to last for weeks or months, causing significant damage to clubs’ revenues.

“It can’t be taboo to talk about salary cuts,” FIGC president Gabriele Gravina told the media.

Great responsibility

“We must understand that the emergency applies to everyone and our world must also have the ability to change.

“We have been called upon to make gestures of great responsibility.”

In reply, the head of the Italian Players’ Union Damiano Tommasi said, “the sustainability of the football system during and after this global crisis is obviously of extreme interest to all those who live in this system, including footballers”.

“We all have an interest in preserving the economic balance and for this very reason we must evaluate all the elements of the moment,” he said.

“Lack of revenue, postponement of competitions, cancellation of events, government
contributions, federal aid,
support from international institutions.

“All of these elements will affect the players.”

Reuters