The coronavirus crisis is expected to have an unprecedented financial impact on football.
Earlier this week, Barnet announced in a statement that all non-playing staff had been put on notice of redundancy and sadly, other cash-strapped clubs could follow them in the coming weeks and months.
Former FA chief executive Mark Palios has told The Athletic that many players throughout the professional game will have to take pay cuts if the lower leagues are to survive.
Inevitably, that’s also the case further afield, with Swiss club Sion having asked their players to slash their wages.
Those who refused, including Alex Song and Johan Djourou, have reportedly been sacked.
Captain Xavier Kouassi, Ermir Lenjani, Mickael Facchinetti, Christian Zock and Birama Ndoye, and Pajtim Kasami and Seydou Doumbia, formerly of Fulham and Newcastle respectively, are the others who have been let go.
Many Arsenal fans may have been wondering what had become of their ex-pair. Song initially looked like a promising midfielder during his days at the Emirates but injuries have wreaked havoc with his career.
Despite a dream move to Barcelona, he could only make 39 appearances in four years in Catalonia. His travels since have taken him to east London via West Ham, Russia, and now Switzerland.
Sadly, it’s been an unhappy ending for him in the latter.
Football in Switzerland has been off since March 1 when the government banned mass gatherings of any more than 1,000 people.
It’s thrown many clubs into chaos and the pinch of lost gate receipts is already taking its toll.
Unfortunately, it seems it won’t be long until we hear other similar tales as the game throughout the world comes to terms with this public health crisis.
Even Premier League clubs are fearing the economic hit as they lose out on ticket sales and TV broadcasting.
Sion’s case just sums up the alarming quickness with which teams are having to take upsetting, costly decisions as they brace themselves for a period of unthinkable uncertainty.
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