Uncertainty spreads along virus in the lower leagues of Europe


The suspension of the football season because of the coronavirus pandemic has left the biggest clubs compete with the star players on cuts to their salaries in euros as multimillionaires top sides brace for huge cuts revenues of the game.

However, the potential damage is even more serious in lower, where clubs are losing out on revenue of vital door to keep them afloat and potentially be denied intended for financial windfalls reaching the top table.

carnage Italian court

Italy could be the scene of legal chaos this summer, clubs are desperately trying to defend potential promotions that boost their coffers.

on Tuesday, the president Maurizio Stirpe Frosinone threatened “legal action” if his club were not promouvoird in Serie A this season, despite his team being third and not two promotion places automatic Serie B.

the finish of the season as he Frosinone give any chance to break in the first two, while the deletion of the playoffs would open a potential flood of legal challenges with millions in Serie revenue has TV in.

Stirpe had already suggested last month that this season be extended until the end of June next year, contracts extending until that date, but “not paying for this season. “

However, this would be disastrous for the players inthe lower leagues, especially those of third Series C, which, in Monza CEO Adriano Galliani (formerly AC Milan) has “virtually no turnover” and “losing 120 million euros a year.”

‘extraordinary measures’ in Spain

The economic impact of the teams are promoting refused worsen an already brutal financial situation for clubs leagues lower.

Real Zaragoza were flying high in Spain since 2013, but are currently second in the Segunda Division, five points ahead of the positions of the playoffs with 11 games remaining.

Zaragoza President Christian Lapetra said he “defend the interests of the club” if the season is canceled and they do

not reached the Liga. “There are of economic importance to all clubs if we do not restart. We can be adopted extraordinary measures to get out and continue to compete, “he said in a video conference with Spanish journalists. “If we end up being left Ségousda we will be even tighter and we must continue to seek ways to get by. The promotion is the best way to finance ourselves “

England :. ‘Expect some victims’

The situation is similar, even in England, the richest football nation last month all League One and League Two clubs -. the third and fourth floors – said they face pertes of about 50 million pounds ($ 63 million) if the season does not start

Phil Wallace. President of bottom team League Two Stevenage, is reluctant to pull the plug on a club he has owned for 20 years, told AFP the current state of limbo is “a disaster.”

“I expect losses this year,” he said. “We receive average crowds of 3,000 if we lose 45.000 to 50.000 pounds of carpet maisonch. We have given money in advance by the EFL (English Football League), which is what we would normally receive in August However, when we get to July, we have to think what on earth do we then. “

The prospect of matches played behind closed doorsnot cut Stevenage either, because of the loss of income from bars, restaurants and sponsorship. “All income is gone,” he said.

job fears

through the European clubs have implemented measures to protect the income of non-playing staff or by systems of partial unemployment topped-up or gifts for players, but many workers at the sharp end of the industry are in limbo because of the suspension of the season.

German TV station Deutsche Welle reported last week that in Germany nearly two-thirds of some 56000 jobs Bundesliga of the day, such as security and catering are provided by third party employeesrather than the clubs.

These employees have been largely neglected by measures of solidarity extended by German clubs.

Lawyer Verena Speckin told Deutsche Welle that football clubs have only a legal responsiblity to those who are directly employed by them, and reporting channel that the vast majority of Bundesliga clubs have no plan in place to help employees to third parties.

Speckin said “the challenge many employees face is fear and pressure of losing their livelihood,” meaning that they are afraid to question their employers. “many decide to remain silent and choose to do nothing fairede so that they are able to keep their jobs.”

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