The players and coaching staff at AS Roma have agreed to let go off four months’ salary to help the Serie A side through the crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Roma said in a statement on Sunday that the players would forego the wages they were due to receive between March and the scheduled end of the season in June.
The club said the players would also top up the wages of other club employees who were placed on the Italian government’s social safety net scheme to ensure they received their regular monthly income.
The club management will also give up a percentage of their earnings.
“We always talk about unity at Roma and in volunteering to cut their salaries for the rest of the season, the players, the coach, and his staff, have all proved that we really are in this together,” said chief executive Guido Fienga.
“(Club captain) Edin Dzeko, all the players and (coach) Paulo Fonseca have demonstrated they understand what this club stands for and we also thank them all for their superb gesture towards the employees at this club.”
Roma said that the if current season resumes and is completed, the players had agreed on an incentive-based plan to be paid “subject to the achievement of certain sporting objectives.”
According to Roma, the players told Fiengo in a letter that they were ready to start playing as soon as possible but “we also realise that all this will not be enough to face the economic consequences of the current emergency.
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Players at Juventus, Parma and Cagliari have also agreed to wage reductions.
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