The global players’ union FIFPRO announced on17 March that if some measures are not taken into consideration to save abandoned clubs due to coronavirus, a major number of players will be temporarily unemployed in the economic crisis football faces for the first time.
As leagues, cups and international championships were ceased, football games were procrastinated for an unknown period ending to putting off Europe 2020 and Copa American.
“There is no doubt that the health of everybody is the primary concern but the concerns of players are shifting very quickly towards their livelihoods,” FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann told reporters in a conference call.
“For the vast majority, a loss of income for two or three months is as threatening as for any other worker.
“The consequences for our industry will potentially turn ugly very quickly, so any co-ordinated action is very, very important.”
Baer-Hoffmann said that football had continued to grow during the 2008 financial crisis but the omens were not so favourable this time.
“For the first time in decades, we are facing a real economic crisis in football,” he added.
“There are simply not a lot of reserves that we can bank on. We know how club budgets are managed, they are always on the line of liquidity.
“If we don’t respond very quickly to stabilise the cash flow we could see mass layoffs of players and staff members within weeks.”
He added that while clubs in the big leagues should make it through the crisis, it was a different story in smaller markets.
However, Baer-Hoffmann welcomed the decision to postpone Euro 2020 to give the chance for the current domestic seasons to be played out during the summer — if the health situation permitted them to re-start by then.
Source: First Post