Chinese soccer clubs to cut coronavirus wages

SHANGHAI: It looks like Chinese soccer clubs will become the latest to cut player salaries as teams around the world try to offset the financial blow from the coronavirus pandemic.

Lionel Messi's Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus have made similar moves, while Real Madrid players agreed to reduce their salary by up to a fifth.

Players in the Chinese Super League ( CSL ), who has risen to fame by awarding world leading salaries to foreign stars, were under increasing pressure to follow suit.

the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said that following talks Thursday with clubs, those in the CSL and the two divisions below will thrash out terms for a reasonable reduction in pay.

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the cuts will be backdated to March 1 and last until the new season begins. Latest reports say that will be late May at the earliest.

the CSL campaign was supposed to start on February 22 but was indefinitely postponed by the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which began in China late last year before spreading worldwide.

Los clubes de fútbol profesional y the inversores generalmente enfrentan dificultades operativas, dijo el CFA.

" the clubs' calls for a moderate reduction in their financial burdens and reasonable salary reductions are strong.

" the epidemic has also had a huge impact on the development of global football."

CSL clubs made headlines in recent years by luring big-name stars with eye-watering wages - Shanghai SIPG Oscar es uno de the mejores jugadores del fútbol.

the Brazilian attacking midfielder reportedly earns nearly $30 million a year.

But the CFA has introduced a series of measures to control spending and cool the Chinese transfer market.

"Regarding the issue of salary reductions, the Chinese Football Association also communicated with FIFA several times and received FIFA support, the CFA statement added.