The debate over salary cuts for footballers in recent weeks has made headlines. While a reduction or deferral of wages can help clubs survive the financial difficulties of a pandemic. Players will ultimately also pay fewer taxes as their incomes decline.

Fabio Capello: players should actively carry their local communities

The former manager of England, Real Madrid, and AC Milan Fabio Capello called on football players to actively carry their local communities during the coronavirus crisis. Still, he says he is not sure that they should accept salary cuts. The debate over salary cuts for footballers in recent weeks has made headlines. While a reduction or deferral of wages can help clubs survive the financial difficulties of a pandemic. Players will ultimately also pay fewer taxes as their incomes decline. “In many countries, there has been much debate about whether football players should agree to cut wages at this time,” Capello said in an interview.

It’s not only about money

“I’m not sure about salary reductions, as far as clubs are concerned. But I believe that the best professional footballers who make so much money. Today should understand how lucky they are and support people in their local communities during this terrible time”. It is not only about money; It is about providing time, the benefits of their status and celebrity. As well as the fact that they are active members of society. Mesut Özil has been criticized by many for his decision to disagree with a 12.5 percent reduction in pay at Arsenal. Still, the German international has since contributed to providing 60,000 facemasks to help contain the spread of the virus in Sierra Leone.

Del Piero and Ryan Giggs are the best examples turning this crisis

The initiative was led by Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger and supported by a number of his team-mates. The Blues announced on Saturday that players would not expect a reduction in salaries. Capello, meanwhile, also pointed to specific ways players could help, using examples from Laureus Academy colleagues Alessandro Del Piero and Ryan Giggs. “Del Piero raises funds for the Italian Red Cross and plans to build a team to win the 2006 Italy World Cup, winning team to play in fundraising”. Ryan Giggs, manager of Wales, offered hotel rooms that he owns in Manchester for use by medical professionals.

 

“These are very good and creative examples of how football people and teams can do good and show that the sport cares”. These are local communities that keep football teams alive and pay-TV subscriptions that made the sport so profitable and the players so rich. What is so frustrating is that we cannot see this enemy. “It is there that it attacks us, but we can only fight back indirectly.”