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Former Gunners Song and Djourou sacked by FC Sion over pay-cut

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Former Arsenal duo Alex Song and Johan Djourou have been released by Swiss side FC Sion after refusing to take a pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak.

Alex Song and Johan Djourou are among the nine players sacked by FC Sion for refusing to take a pay-cut.

As in many European countries, the Swiss Super League is currently suspended because of the pandemic. 

According to Goal, the club’s president asked the entire playing staff to accept a reduced salary as part of a “technical unemployment” deal in order to help ease the financial burden brought about by a lack of match-day income. 

Djourou and Song, who both had contracts due to last until June 30, were among nine players let go. 

Swiss defender Djourou spent more than a decade at Arsenal but never established himself as a first-team player before leaving the club eventually.

Song, meanwhile, became a mainstay of the Gunners’ midfield under Arsene Wenger, playing alongside the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere before leaving the club for Barcelona.

The Swiss Players Union has issued a statement protesting the dismissals of Song, Djourou and seven other players, calling them “abusive terminations”.