Roma Players Agree To Go Four Months Without Pay
The players and coaching staff at Serie A side Roma have agreed to go without four months’ salary to help the club through the crisis caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.
The club in a statement released on Sunday stated that the players would forgo the wages they were due to recieve between March and the the scheduled end of the season in June.
Roma also said that the players would as well top up the wages of other employees who were placed on Italian government's social safety net scheme to ensure they receive their regular monthly salary.
The club captain, Edin Dzeko said "all the players and (coach) Paulo Fonseca have demonstrated they understand what this club stands for and we also thank them all for their superb gesture towards the employees at this club"
The club’s chief executive, Guido Fienga, said: "We always talk about unity at Roma and in volunteering to cut their salaries for the rest of the season, the players, the coach, and his staff, have all proved that we really are in this together"
In the other news, Juventus, Parma and Cagliari players have followed suit to reduce their wages.
However, a recommendation by the SerieA that similar cuts be made at all top flight clubs has been rejected by the players' union, the argument of the players is that those at smaller clubs will not be able to afford reductions.
The Serie A has been suspended since 9 March and it is unclear whether the season will continue or not at the moment.