Italy's Serie A recommends salary cuts for players

Milano, Italy A series The league has recommended that clubs impose salary cuts of between two and four months' wages on gaming and training staff during the coronavirus outbreak but the proposal was rejected as shameful by the players union.

After a videoconference emergency general meeting, the league said in a statement Monday that the strike caused by the contagion was gone. Italian football in a very difficult situation leading to an urgent need for cost reduction.

It proposed cutting annual wages by one third if A series was unable to resume and by one sixth if it was able to restart. However, it added that each club would have to negotiate the cuts with its players.

A series has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed 16,533 lives in Italy.

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Not sure when or even if the season will restart even if it's Italian football Federation President Gabriele Gravina said Sunday that the season, which was originally due to end in May, could be extended until September October if necessary.

A series said the move was "necessary to safeguard the future of the entire Italian football system.

The intervention ... provides for a reduction of one third of the total annual gross salary in the event that it is not possible to resume sports activity, and a reduction of a sixth ... if the remaining matches of the 2019/2020 season can be played in the coming months, he said.

It added that "the clubs are ready to do their part by incurring huge losses to ensure the future of Italian football ."

However, Umberto Calcagno, vice president of the Italian Players Association (AIC), said the proposal was shameful and inadmissible.

It is clear that only the players will pay for the damage caused by the crisis, said Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and other media.

Nineteen of A series 's 20 clubs voted for the recommendation while Italian champions Juventus abstained, having already reached a separate agreement with their players, a A series source said.

A series added that "the assembly confirmed the desire to play again and finish the season, but without running risks and only when health conditions and government decisions allow."