The Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) responded yesterday to the order that was launched last Friday by the Professional Soccer League (LFP). The presidents of the two organizations, David Aganzo and Javier Tebas, saw each other by videoconference and the first one rejected the club employers’ reduction proposal. In fact, he presented a counteroffer that Thebes described as “clearly insufficient.”
The LFP is clear where the problem is. Spanish clubs are going to lose between 160 and 960 million, depending on what happens, and they want the players, the great beneficiaries of years of growth in the industry, to put half of that money. Thebes asked the footballers to give up 20% of their chips if the League does not resume, 7.5% if it is behind closed doors and 3% if it is returned with spectators. As they refused, the employers launched themselves at them with all their might by urging the clubs to make massive requests for ERTE.
AFE has presented its counteroffer. It proposes a reduction of 10% this season and the same the next if it is not played again, and collect all the contracts if the tournament resumes under any conditions. League sources asked themselves the following question yesterday: And what about the 10% of the next campaign of a player who changes clubs or one who retires? The demand for League players is below what is requested in England and has been agreed in Italy, a 33% reduction and in line with what their players have demanded from clubs such as Athletic or Atlético de Madrid . AFE faces a difficult situation. It is increasingly under pressure to reach a common agreement. FIFA was the last to ask for agreements through “collective agreements”.
In addition, it does not have the capacity to negotiate a pact related to all Spanish football. Any dressing room could reject the AFE’s treatment with the LFP, in the same way that any player could also not join an agreement reached by their teammates with their club. However, the employers give importance to the deal because it strengthens the position of the teams in their negotiations with staff.
Give 10% this course and another 10% the next if it is not played and charge the same if the competition ends
what the afe asks for
Petition to the Government
The AFE has no intention of capitulating to the League. Reinforced by the support of the 42 First and Second A captains, Aganzo has decided to stand up to Thebes. And look for allies. The union announced yesterday that it has requested the intermediation of the Government. It did so through a letter from its president to the president of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), Irene Lozano.
Aganzo asks him to establish a line of dialogue after expressing the collective’s concerns. And he anticipates that he will also address the ministries of Labor, Health and Consumption. The issues of concern to the AFE cover many fields. They list them in 14 points. They ask, among them, to address the “situation of the different ERTE” presented by some clubs. The union has embedded its first defeat here. The courts have considered as good those that have come so far.
The body chaired by Aganzo also places special emphasis on the way in which he will return to the competition. The players believe that Thebes puts too much insistence on finishing the League to collect the television contracts. Footballers ask in their writing the following question: “If a team tests positive, does the competition stop?”
They also ask for aid for players with smaller chips, those who play in Second B and Third, The AFE also demands that the possibility of helping those who are in “situations of need” be analyzed.
Other major leagues in the face of the crisis
Millions of euros will be lost by European clubs if the competition is not resumed, according to the calculation by Mediapro.
million euros net is the average salary of a Premier player
The Premier footballers resist the 30% discount. Furthermore, they wage a dialectical battle with the Johnson Government, whose Secretary of Health invited them to set an example of austerity “playing their part.” Rooney leads the professionals’ reaction against criticism of cuts.
Series A is the first major league to agree on a general salary cut among its clubs. The clubs have agreed to reduce the salary of all players. The payroll cut will be 33% if the competition does not resume and 16.6% if the tournament is resumed.
In Germany, the Kaiserslautern, a historical that is now in Third, and the Karlsruhe, of the Bundesliga 2, are on the verge of bankruptcy, according to the magazine ‘Kicker’. The same media maintains that 12 First and Second teams are experiencing serious economic difficulties. Channel + French warns:
In France, Canal +, the main holder of the rights, dealt a heavy blow to the clubs by refusing to pay 110 million euros on April 5. They will not pay the money until the competition resumes. Maxime Saada, its president, reaffirmed his position: “We are not a bank.”