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Barcelona players refuse salary cut during coronavirus crisis

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Barcelona players have reportedly rejected a plea from the club’s board to take a pay-cut as the club’s finances have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Barcelona find themselves in a sticky situation as the first team players have refused to take a pay cut despite the club’s finances being affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Spain have been heavily affected by the pandemic and the country remains in a state of national emergency as it stands.

With no matches currently on-going, club’s finances all over the world have been affected and Barca are not left out.

Many players across Europe have already agreed to take a pay-cut to shoulder the burden with their clubs but Barcelona players have rejected the approach, according to a report from AS in Spain.

Barca boast some of the top earners in world football and many would have expected that this would be no problem to the players.

AS now report that Barcelona would now use their legal right under Spain’s State of Emergency to apply the ERTE temporary redundancy scheme.

This law means the players will legally have to take a 70% reduction on the grounds that no matches are being played.

A worse scenario than the maximum of 50% decrease proposed to the Barca first team players by Bartomeu.

It’s also worth noting that other sections such as the basketball team received even less offers than the football team – considering they made the club the most money.

The Barcelona board have already made their decision and would be going on to solve the situation with a legal battle as is the case right now.