Clarke among SFA staff to take 10 percent pay cut

GLASGOW: Chief of Scotland Steve Clarke & Scottish Football Association (SFA) executive director Ian Maxwell have cut wages by 10 percent due to the financial crisis caused by coronavirus pandemic.

All other national team coaches have also agreed to a 10 percent reduction effective immediately.

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The SFA have reportedly missed out on up to ?6 million ($7.5 million) in lost revenue due to the postponed European Championship qualifying playoff semi-final against Israel at Hampden & Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Other SFA staff members have been placed on leave by leave, where the British government will guarantee 80 percent of employee earnings up to a maximum of 2,500 per month.

"I am grateful to our people for their efforts in adapting to these challenging & unprecedented times," SFA president Rod Petrie said in a statement.

Petrie has agreed to a 20 percent cut to his directors' remuneration & deferred all future income until the resumption of 'business as usual'.

"The impact of the virus on Scottish football is significant & from the Scottish FA's perspective alone, this has already resulted in the postponement of a sell-out match against Israel in the UEFA Nations League Play-Off & the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals & final at Hampden Park," Petrie added.

"As the governing body, we have a responsibility to protect the national game & it is also our duty as a board to safeguard the future of our staff during what medical experts predict will be an enduring period of uncertainty & national lockdown.

"I stress this is a temporary measure in light of the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the association's income generation & I would like to thank everyone for their understanding & ongoing commitment to the national game."