The Covid-19 pandemic has already affected the economical condition of every sector of the world. The football world is not an exception. Some small clubs have already faced multiple crises. Now, some big clubs have also started to face the same situation.
The interim president of FC Barcelona, Carlos Tusquets, in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1, has confirmed that the player will not receive any payment for January amid the club’s “worrying” financial situation.
Tusquets said, “It’s lousy. It’s worrying, but hopeful.”
“In January we can’t make salary payments. The players have two salary payments: one in January and another in July. We’ve delayed the January payment and other payments, such as bonuses for winning trophies.”
“The agreement we’ve reached will allow us to get through to the end of the season without any treasury issues. This season is saved.”-he added.
“The economic situation is worrying. It’s very bad, but we’ve got hope. When the ground is opened up, we’ll take in 220 million euros (US$268 million) without doing anything, and that goes up to 320 million thanks to the sponsors.”
“Meanwhile, we keep having to spend money. It’s a horrible situation but when the stadium is back in play, we’ll start to recoup the money.”
Last month Tusquets announced that FC Barcelona is forced to save almost €300 million to avoid a financial crisis. FC Barcelona board is now searching for solutions for this situation.
Barcelona has sold Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Arthur Melo, Rafinha Alcantara, and Nelson Semedo last summer. But that was not enough. Now they have finally decided to postpone the payment of the players.