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    Barcelona launches the labor file by which to cut the salary of its footballers

    Thursday,
    26
    March
    2020

    22:56

    The azulgrana club announces that it will process different files for reducing the working time that will affect both athletes and other employees

    Leo Messi, in a match with Barcelona.
    JUAN MEDINA REUTERS

    Ftbol Club Barcelona does not want to wait any longer. After almost a week of negotiations by President Josep Maria Bartomeu with the captains of the first soccer team (Leo Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqu and Sergi Roberto) and faced with the difficulties of reaching an agreement that could satisfy all parties, the entity has chosen this Thursday for the launch of “different files” to reduce working hours to be presented to the Department of Treball of the Generalitat. These will affect both the sports area (football and the rest of the professional sections) and the rest of the entity’s employees.

    Sources from the Barcelona leadership had already admitted to this newspaper the need to cut, above all, the salaries of the first squad in the face of the collapse in income caused by the coronavirus crisis. There would or would not be agreement with the players. “Basically it is a reduction of the working day, imposed by the circumstances [y que conllevar] as a consequence the proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts, “explains the club in the statement sent to the media.

    The Barça entity, in turn, insists that the measures it intends to apply “will scrupulously follow formal labor regulations, under the criteria of proportionality and, above all, equity; with the sole objective of resuming the activity of the club as soon as possible” .

    Barcelona had already warned the footballers of the first team that their intention was to reduce their daily salary by 70%, from the day the state of alarm was activated (March 14), until the athletes could join the the trainings. The players of the first equipment, however, demanded a reduction on the annual salary.

    The Catalan entity, in the announcement of the processing of the labor files, still did not specify what the final percentage of the cut applied will be.

    Barcelona is the European club that pays the most in sports wages worldwide: 525 million euros per year compared to the 990 million entered in the last year.

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