The agent of Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld has written an article in which he argues against pay cuts for footballers.
The Premier League want players to take a 30 per cent pay cut to help a business, which looks set to lose £1bn if this season is cancelled, but Stijn Francis argues that if footballers sign contracts that restrict their movements then those contracts should be honoured.
However, since the article was published, footballers have come together to launch their own charity initiative.
‘Most clubs in Europe are asking all staff (including players) to accept a substantial wage reduction. Some non-playing staff have been put on furlough. For players there are several reasons why such wage reductions are not acceptable.
‘One reason is the principle of contractual stability. This is one of the essential foundations of modern football and ensures that contracts are respected by both parties to the fullest extent possible. This principle of contractual stability separates the situation of a football player from that of any other worker.
‘A “regular” worker is able to leave his or her employer in exchange for limited compensation or a notice period. Also the employer can terminate the relationship with the worker at any time by respecting a period of notice or paying compensation. If clubs sign a player they take a risk by paying a transfer or signing-on fee and by paying substantial wages.
‘In exchange for this risk, players cannot leave the club before the end of the contract except when all involved parties agree otherwise. Players also know that during the contractual term they can be sure the club will pay their salary.
‘Clubs now asking to reduce player salaries undermine this principle of contractual stability. If clubs insist on a wage reduction, players should be put in the same situation as any regular worker. Clubs reducing their players’ wages should accept that the players can terminate their employment for free and these clubs should no longer be able to ask a transfer fee if the player would like to leave.’