FC Utrecht has reached an agreement with the players group on a temporary salary reduction. The technical staff and management of the premier league club decided to show solidarity and to follow the example of the footballers. PSV, Sparta Rotterdam, Heracles Almelo, FC Groningen, VVV-Venlo, FC Twente and PEC Zwolle have previously made agreements with players, staff and board members and often also office staff about reducing salaries.
The interest groups for employers and employees in football (FBO, VVCS, ProProf and the CBV) concluded an agreement at the beginning of this month about a package of emergency measures, consisting of binding agreements and collective recommendations. The intention is to save around € 35 million annually, intended to help alleviate the financial consequences of the corona crisis for the clubs. The savings will probably be a lot lower, because, for example, the salary reduction will in principle lapse as soon as spectators are allowed back into the stadiums.
The professional clubs themselves must agree with their players on the recommendations, such as waiving collective bonuses and lowering the salary. “In the conversations with the players’ council it was immediately clear that the players also wanted to do their bit in this time of loss of income,” said Thijs van Es, the general manager of FC Utrecht.
According to captain Willem Janssen, the players unanimously agreed. “From minute 1, everyone was willing to think along with the club. Also as a token of appreciation and solidarity towards these loyal supporters and partners, we have taken the lead through this temporary salary cut.”