Barcelona are planning to reduce the wages of the players by 70% in this period of quarantine. Due to the COVID-19 crisis in Spain, training has been suspended indefinitely and the Catalan club are trying to cut losses by reducing the wages of the players temporarily, using the regulation known as ERTE.
ERTE allows an employer to reduce the wages of their employees on grounds that they will be rehired or have their original wages reinstated once normal service resumes.
The players have agreed to this, as per AS, and a series of meetings have taken place between the sporting director Albert Soler and the managers of each section at the club.
The main point of discussion was to communicate the plan of the Blaugranas and to go ahead with it. The idea is to slash off 70% of the players’ wages for as long as they are in quarantine.
After that, once everything is back to normal and they are back in training, the players will be reimbursed. The percentage of wages to be reduced will be uniform, which means that the percentage cut for Lionel Messi will be same for a player from the basketball team.
Once training resumes, the wages will be reimbursed – even if the season isn’t continued since the players are carrying out their daily routine from home. The ERTE will also be applicable to the executives of the club. Even though their work has been doubled since the crisis broke out, they appreciate the decision as they want to set an example.