The union of professional players in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 asks them to make a wage effort in times of crisis.
The representatives of the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP), including its co-presidents Philippe Piat and Sylvain Kastendeuch, met with the leaders of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 (Jean-Michel Aulas, Jean-Pierre Caillot, Loïc Féry, Marc Keller, Christian Leca) this Tuesday to discuss the very delicate economic situation of professional football linked to the health crisis. At the end of this meeting, the UNFP, “fully aware of the situation”, “invites the players to discuss quickly with their clubs to consider the methods of reducing their remuneration in order to save professional football strongly affected by this crisis and to ensure that the 2020/2021 season comes to an end, ”according to a statement released by the Professional Football League.
Tensions on the subject in the spring
While French football is going through an unprecedented crisis since the spring, between the forced and forced end of the 2019-20 season by the authorities and the matches behind closed doors and the Mediapro fiasco depriving the clubs of their main cash flow , footballers are therefore invited by their union to make an effort linked to their remuneration and to sit at the negotiating table with their leaders. In the spring, such solicitation had led to sometimes tense discussions between the different parties, notably at Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain. The capital club had also tried to involve the players’ union (UNFP), without success.
A failure of the negotiations which had pushed Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the president, to raise his voice, on RMC Sport: “I expect them to make an effort for their club. They know their responsibilities. ” Nine months later, nothing says the talks will be any easier. Asked about the subject at a press conference on Tuesday, Parisian goalkeeper Keylor Navas kicked in: “We deserve our salary every day and we haven’t been asked for anything yet, so I can’t have an opinion on the subject” . If the UNFP is to be believed, the Costa Rican doorman could quickly make one.