During the time when the new crown epidemic in Europe is getting more and more serious, many clubs have announced news about their players' salary cuts. Some people say that it is a righteous move for players to take the initiative to cut their salaries, while others say that direct unilateral pay cuts are not fair to players. The practice of some clubs on this matter is indeed open to question, but in the face of the epidemic, a salary cut may really be their only way out.
In the process of suspension and resumption of work due to the epidemic, it is a topic full of controversy regarding the reasonableness and unreasonableness of corporate pay cuts.
There is a common saying: Don’t worry about capitalists if you get a few thousand dollars of wages. The boss usually earns a lot of money. When the crisis comes, he takes the employees first. You are for the survival of the company. What should I do if I borrow a child for the elderly?
As a member of the above-mentioned ordinary employees, I agree with this view 120%.
However, there is one biggest difference between football clubs and ordinary enterprises and even other sports: they are mainly chasing not more profits, but better results, so most of their income is spent on the competitive level.
Which project cost the most? People who don't know much about football may not be able to imagine that it is not the transfer fees that sound dazzling numbers, but the players' salaries.
Yes, to some extent, football clubs may be the closest corporate form to Grandpa Ma's vision: most of the value generated by production and business activities is allocated to workers.
In the past ten or twenty years,
More importantly, due to the increasingly fierce competition in European football, most clubs are trying to squeeze out more money to invest in transfer fees and wages, and become a "young clan" to strive for better results. As a result, they often use the estimated broadcast fee sharing and sponsorship contracts in the next few years to make a budget for each season, to measure how much money should be spent on buying people, and how much salary increase should be given to players to retain people.
However, the epidemic will be cut directly in the normal season, and it is not known how long it will take to resume the game. Just as the increasingly intensive schedule has led to delays that cannot be arranged, the increasingly exaggerated wages of players have also caused headaches for clubs that have lost money. This number of tens of millions of euros at every turn, really few bosses can easily bear.
Many people may have questions. Are these big contracts in the football world without such things as insurance and "force majeure"?
First of all, although the recent Olympics insured cancellation insurance is very lively, and there are often news that clubs provide stars with left and right groin insurance packages, but "cancellation insurance" does not exist in European club events.
A Spanish reporter recently asked La Liga President Tevas, if La Liga really does not play this season, he will definitely lose a large amount of broadcast fees according to the contract. Is there no corresponding insurance?
His answer was: "This kind of thing has never been insured, otherwise the insurance company would perish in this case. Whether it is UEFA or the Premier League, the Bundesliga or any league in the world, there is no such insurance."
Secondly, the force majeure clause does exist in the player's contract, but the club may not dare to activate it.
-Whether it can be applied to the suspension of the league due to the epidemic, there are legal disputes in some countries. Just like players have holidays during the winter break and summer break, they don't need games and training, but the salary is still paid. (It is an old rumor on the Chinese network that the Premier League only sends 42 weeks' weekly salary, the fact is that it has been issued for 52 weeks)
Therefore, with the rations cut off due to the suspension of the game, the only thing that is placed in front of the clubs that can only go out and not enter is basically the Huashan road of salary reduction.
But how much it drops, how it drops, the argument is big.
Among the five major leagues, the first mandatory pay cut is Ligue 1.
At present, Lyon, Montpellier, Amiens and many other French clubs have included all players and some administrators on the "temporary unemployment list" and have applied for unemployment benefits to the government.
When many domestic media reported these news, they extended it to "completely suspend the wages of players and apply for them to subsistence allowances." However... this kind of understanding is completely wrong, otherwise the players would have been a collective quarrel.
The truth is that, according to the “partial unemployment policy” (chômage partiel) introduced by the French government, employees can receive 84% of their usual after-tax wages or 70% of their pre-tax wages during the shutdown period due to the epidemic. Among them, the part that does not exceed 4.5 times the minimum wage is paid by the government (about 5,500 euros per month), and the other is borne by the employer.
The following news is the correct way to open these pay cut announcements.
Moreover, the 16% salary cuts of these clubs in Ligue 1 are far from the harshest, and can even be regarded as relatively gentle.
The Hartz club of the Soviet Super League has publicly issued a statement that all club staff, coaches and players will cut their salaries by 50% during the epidemic, but they will at least meet the local minimum wage standard. The boss, Bach, made it clear: “If someone feels that they cannot or are unwilling to accept the modification of the contract, they can choose to terminate the contract.”
Some people actually terminated the contract, but not in Harz, but in Sion, Switzerland.
A few days ago, the Swiss Super League officially announced that it would directly terminate the contract with nine people including captain Kwasi, former Arsenal players Alexander Song and Zhulu, and former Roma player Dunbia.
The reason for this collective termination is that they refused to accept the salary reduction agreement with the highest monthly salary of 12,350 Swiss francs (equivalent to 90,000 yuan) during the suspension of the league due to the epidemic, which caused the club chairman Constantine to directly use what I mentioned earlier. The "force majeure clause" reached, the original contract terminates on the same day.
There are also direct layoffs without negotiating salary cuts. Belgian Anderlecht fired some of its staff in order to save money, including Zeterberg, who came to the team at the age of 16, and is now an assistant coach. The Barnett club in the English National League (fifth level) has laid off all employees except the coach and players.
This behavior has caused a lot of controversy. Anderlecht Chairman Mark Cook has been scolded by fans of the team for several days on social media: "You X a billionaire does not pay to help the team solve it. Difficulties, to fire the celebrities we all love? Are you all X in your head?"
Therefore, good negotiation is undoubtedly a better choice.
The stars of many teams in the five major leagues have collectively expressed their willingness to cut salaries to help the teams tide over the difficulties.
According to a report in Bild, many Bundesliga players and management, including Bayern and Dortmund, are willing to cut their salaries by 20% to reduce the burden on the club during the epidemic. The four companies Monchengladbach, Mainz, Bremen and Dortmund have announced their salary cuts. Among them, Monchengladbach and Mainz also expressed their gratitude to the players for taking the initiative to cut their salaries.
Dortmund’s old captain and current team director Kyle stated that he had already applied for a salary cut, and the club finally made a stepwise salary cut decision: all players, coaches and management were reduced by 20% during the lockout period, and the game was empty. Down 10%.
Many Serie A players have expressed their willingness to cut salaries, but the ratio has not yet been negotiated.
The Serie A league, which is composed of various clubs, has passed an internal resolution, hoping that all players and staff with an annual salary of more than 1.5 million euros will collectively reduce their salaries by 30% during the epidemic, or suspend their salary for March. Both plans need to reach agreement with the Italian Football Association and the players' union. According to multiple media reports, players prefer to adopt different salary reduction ratios for different income levels, rather than simply one size fits all.
At the same time, the Serie A league has also submitted an application to the Italian government, hoping that the government can fund those teams that are seriously financially tight due to the epidemic. Over the past few years, there have been enough veteran clubs in Italian football that have died due to bankruptcy.
The situation in La Liga is similar to that in Serie A.
Barcelona and Messi and other four teams have reached a basic consensus, but according to the "Marca" report, the initial plan was not passed unanimously when passed to all players. Valencia and Levante are also evaluating corresponding plans and are also negotiating with players.
La Liga has stated that it is willing to support the clubs’ measures to cut the players’ wages during the epidemic. They also conceived a series of alternative plans with the club, such as extending the contract period while reducing the salary, or temporarily deducting 70% of the salary and waiting for the epidemic to pass before gradually making up.
In short, no matter which method is adopted, due to the rapid growth of player wages and the long-term "young clan" operation of the entire football world, salary reduction may be the only option for most clubs in the face of the epidemic.
Low-level clubs with limited income are most obvious. The English Football League has provided a total of 50 million pounds in aid funds for the 72 clubs of the English Champions League, League One and League Two, of which 60% are received for broadcasting rights issued in advance, and 40% are interest-free loans. If this were not the case, most of them would have already cut their salaries across the board.
Rich and powerful families with surplus food still have surplus. For example, Arsenal and Liverpool have announced that they will continue to pay all temporary workers' wages before April 30. Another example is "Aspen" disclosed that Real Madrid has decided not to lower the salary of any players, and they are confident that they can last until the end of the epidemic.
Of course, as expensive as Real Madrid, it can only last for a while. Don’t you see the biggest Paris in the football circle, the chairman Nasser has also begun to discuss salary cuts with the players.
If the epidemic cannot be effectively controlled in Europe, and there are extreme situations such as no longer recovering this season, a full-scale pay cut in the entire football world will definitely become the general trend, and it will also have more economic ripple effects.
The brakes that the epidemic has put on world football may be far more inertial than people initially imagined.