The Barcelona board is likely to start a war with their quarantined stars after trying to push through radical plans to make them suffer huge wage cuts of up to 70% as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc in Spain.
Club directors will discuss the issue in a video conference today (Thursday) in which the temporary dismissal of non-gambling staff and amateur sportsmen and the implementation of a salary reduction across the club – including players – will be suspended. debate.
So far there has been no green light from the locker room to move forward with wage cuts as long as the country remains in a state of blockade.
Sports diary he reported Thursday that there are differences of opinion on the degree to which players should pay the price for the consequences of the season that ends after three months.
Barcelona is on the verge of another crisis as the club tries to cut wages on the coronavirus
The game team reportedly mocked the proposal to cut their wages
A 70% cut would drastically reduce the wages of stars like Antoine Griezmann
A 70% cut would drastically reduce the wages of Barca’s biggest stars, with Lionel Messi currently earning a basic salary of £ 500,000 per week before tax, excluding bonuses or image rights.
Antoine Griezmann puts £ 294,000 a week in his pocket, Luiz Suarez takes home £ 290,000 a week and Gerard Pique earns £ 220,000 every seven days.
In a video conference meeting last Friday, the cut in players’ wages has been resolved and the WhatsApp group chats between directors and players have overdriven since then.
But every time there has been communication between the two groups, the players – led by captains Messi, Pique, Sergio Busquets and Sergio Roberto – have not yet clarified that they would have supported the proposal, at least not with the 70% figures declared.
Busquets earns £ 260,000 a week before bonuses are added, while fellow midfielder Frenkie de jong, who joined the club in an £ 65m Ajax deal last year, grossed £ 170,000 a week.
Barcelona is set to be hit harder financially than most clubs in the coming months. They were ambitious last summer when they announced their budget for the season.
They were desperate to be the first club to break the € 1 billion revenue barrier. So desperate, in fact, that when they presented their financial plans they included the unpredictable income flow of the players’ sales with around 120 million euros marked as the sum that the club could bring throughout the season by selling its stars.
Even without the coronavirus crisis, they were well on their way to failing to achieve that particular goal. Despite the willingness to sell players like Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal, the only activity that Barcelona has been able to do during the summer has involved relatively low-cost agreements that have seen players of team B and reserves such as Abel Ruiz and Carles Perez leave the club.
Barcelona had already admitted some problems in raising the 120 million euros to sign Griezmann last summer. “It wasn’t easy,” said President Josep Bartomeu of the deal. Barcelona has taken out a short-term loan of € 35 million to help pay this tax.
In January they resisted the purchase of a striker even though they were aware that the second top scorer Luis Suarez would be released for the rest of the season.
At a video conference meeting last Friday, players’ salary cuts were broached
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is working on getting a more favorable deal
The Barcelona boss urges for calm between the players and insisting that the move be temporary
CORONAVIRUS: THE IMPACT ON LA LIGA
All football in Spain has been suspended indefinitely as the country tries to cope with the continued spread of the coronavirus.
La Liga was postponed for two rounds of matches in early March as the country is in a state of emergency.
At present, football will not resume until the Spanish government deems it safe to do so.
La Liga had taken action after a member of the Real Madrid basketball team contracted the virus.
On Sunday, the Spanish government extended the state of emergency to April 11th.
Before the postponement of football, Barcelona had led the La Liga by two points.
The money simply wasn’t there to increase Quique Setien’s forward options. Only when Ousmane Dembele subsequently suffered an injury, further reducing the options, did they move to sign Martin Braithwaite.
One of the reasons why many Barcelona supporters and media believed that Bartomeu could not carry out the elections at the end of the season was that to do so he would have to present Barcelona’s accounts without excessive losses and that it would have been very difficult this time, with the club that still chases the queue after the disastrous signatures of Dembele for € 105 plus € 40 million in add-ons and Philippe Coutinho for € 120 million plus € 40 million.
Now these problems have been multiplied as all revenue streams are effectively reduced to zero with the indefinite shutdown of calcium.
The club says that postponing the Champions League game against Napoli alone cost them € 6 million. They acted quickly to close the stadium complex, but this deprives them of revenue from the club museum which generated around 60 million euros last season and the club shop which made 86 million euros last season.
In addition to the disappearance of the day’s revenues and merchandising, there are other problems that need to be anticipated. Some sponsors may hold back payments when facing their financial problems or claim that contracts are not being honored due to postponement of the games.
And in a worst case scenario where the season cannot be ended, there is a danger that television contracts will not be honored.
Calls were made between the players and the president while isolating themselves at home
The first and easiest thing the club can do is temporarily fire its vast staff of non-professional employees and non-professional teams. Spanish labor law allows companies to fire staff for a period of time in exceptional circumstances, forcing them to summarize those fired when those circumstances no longer exist.
The so-called “ERTE” would not be popular, but the board thought that if even the best players showed themselves willing to take cuts in their salary, they wouldn’t let them look like the bad guy. They also hoped that clubs across Europe could reach agreements in the form of pacts made by the European Clubs Association or UEFA.
So far those have not been forthcoming and are considered difficult to formulate as employment laws are not uniform in all countries.
Bartomeu still hasn’t ruled out reaching an agreement with the players on Thursday
Bartomeu has not yet ruled out reaching an agreement with the players on Thursday, but has the feeling that some – and they are not necessarily the highest earners – believe that their contributions both on and off the pitch in a commercial sense are what gives Barcelona’s record-breaking revenue streams.
They believe they don’t have to bear the brunt of panic measures to save the club – at least not when some degree of mismanagement made them even more ill-equipped than they could have been otherwise for such an unexpected and unprecedented movement of the proverbial financial goals .
The coronavirus epidemic made the period economically turbulent for clubs across the continent after almost all football stopped. The decimation of the current season has left the future of clubs in limbo, with a number asking players to make a wage cut to keep clubs afloat.
The Leeds United team voluntarily took a pay deferral to ensure that non-player staff will not lose, while Birmingham City has halved its players’ wages during this period of uncertainty.
Barcelona had driven La Liga two points before the postponement of the season due to the spread of the deadly disease.
All football in Spain has been suspended indefinitely as the death toll continues to rise in the country.
It comes amid a rapidly growing number of deaths in Spain from deadly disease
On Wednesday, the death toll in Spain eclipsed that of China, with over 4,000 deaths reported
Spain’s death toll for coronavirus has increased by 655 in today’s latest figures, bringing the total from 3,434 to 4,089.
Spiral figures indicate that Spain now has the second highest death toll in the world, ahead of China and behind only Italy.
The Spanish death toll also increased much faster than in these two countries. Spain registered its first death only on March 3.
The overall number of cases in Spain has also increased by 8,578 today, bringing the total from 47,610 to 56,188.
The Madrid region suffered the greatest weight of the epidemic with 17,166 infections – just under a third of the total – and 2,090 deaths, which represent 51% of the national figure. Catalonia has also seen a sharp increase in late arrivals.
Last week, the Valencia soccer team revealed that 35% of the team had tested positive for Covid-19, with all asymptomatic cases.
Real Madrid went into quarantine earlier this month after a member of the basketball team tested positive. The soccer and basketball teams share a training facility, forcing the players to isolate themselves.
Spain’s state of emergency has been extended for two weeks until April 11 as the country continues its battle to contain the pandemic.
35% of the Valencia team, including Eliaquim Mangala, tested positive for coronavirus
Spanish death toll for coronavirus has exceeded 4,000 – with 655 new deaths recorded overnight, bringing the total to 4,089
The video shot at Albacete hospital, 85 miles west of Valencia, showed the patients lining the corridors after finishing the beds and the people lying on the floor in exhaustion
Meanwhile, heartbreaking images of an Albacete hospital, 85 miles west of Valencia, have shown patients queuing in the corridors of a hospital waiting to be treated.
The man stabbed a roommate who tried to end the curfew
By GERARD COUZENS
Spanish police chiefs are urging the public to report coronavirus blocks after a man was stabbed while trying to leave the house with a cough.
Jose Angel Gonzalez, number two of the Spanish national police nationwide, encouraged people to call the country’s equivalent of 999 if they witnessed or heard of wrongdoing.
Referring to the stab, in the town of Mislata near Valencia, where a 31-year-old stabbed his 29-year-old partner during a row unleashed by the young man’s attempt to break the curfew, he said: “The best thing people can do is call the emergency number and report what they have seen, what they have heard or discovered.
“There is no doubt that we will mobilize a patrol car to check the information and act accordingly.”
The clip was recorded at the Albacete Hospital in the central Spanish region of Castilla La Mancha, where 88 patients were hospitalized on Tuesday.
In the video, patients in stretchers can be seen lining the corridors of the hospital, with the rest sitting on chairs.
You can hear the recording of the woman saying “people are lying on the ground because they said they were exhausted”.
He says he was sharing the images as an invitation to the authorities to react to the situation as patients could not make their voices heard.
He says the hospital is a bottleneck for local health centers, adding that more beds are needed for the huge number of patients who are hospitalized.
The health worker complains that there are not enough protective devices “so we continue to put our health and loved ones at risk”.
On Wednesday, the number of infected medical personnel was nearly 6,500 nationwide, health authorities said, representing 13.6 percent of the country’s total cases and roughly one percent of the health system’s workforce. At least three health workers have died.
‘We are collapsing. We need more workers, “said Lidia Perera, a nurse who works at the Hospital de la Paz in Madrid with 1,000 beds.
Patricia Nunez, a 32-year-old nurse in the same hospital, is among those who have been infected.
“The worst part is that you have to stay home, worried about infecting relatives, even knowing that you have a great need for work,” he said.
Health authorities hope that it will soon become clear whether the country’s national blockade is producing the desired effect.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose wife is infected with the virus, said this was the country’s most difficult time since its 1936-39 civil war.
“Only the eldest, who knew the difficulties of the civil war and its consequences, can remember harsher collective situations than the present one,” he said when he imposed a state of emergency.
“The other generations in Spain have never, ever had to face something so difficult as a collective,” he said.
The video was taken by a doctor who can be heard while urging the government to provide more beds and protective equipment for staff.
Ambulance workers in full protective equipment arrive with a patient at Severo Ochoa hospital during the coronavirus epidemic in Spain
Elsewhere, a group of infected retirees has been attacked by young people throwing stones as they were brought to a new nursing home near Gibraltar after a virus outbreak in their previous residence.
An ambulance convoy from the Guardia Civil was ambushed when it arrived in the city of La Linea de la Concepción near Gibraltar, bringing 28 patients to a new nursing home.
Angry locals blocked the convoy and stoned the vehicles before launching Molotov cocktails to the police who guarded the house.
Two men were arrested in La Linea de la Concepción after parking a car across the street in an attempt to prevent retirees from moving, the Spanish government said.
About 50 young people then surrounded their new residence, which is called Tiempo Libre or Leisure.
Locals also appeared to violate the coronavirus blocking rules that prohibit people from leaving their homes unnecessarily.
The hostile reception was in stark contrast to the applause and applause that greeted the convoy when he had evacuated the sick from the city of Alcala del Valle.
Dozens of people, including staff, had tested positive at the nursing home and three had died.
Health workers are sent to Spanish nursing homes to disinfect them after the military said they discovered that some residents had been abandoned by staff
Army members prepare to disinfect a nursing home in Madrid today