Tuesday Apr 07, 2020. 12:00
Egyptian Premier League club Arab Contractors have announced a decision to slash the wages of its first-team players amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, the club stated that it will be reducing the players’ payments by 50 percent and using the saved money to preserve the wages of other employees.
“The club announces the decision of the technical staff, spearheaded by Emad El-Nahhas, and the players to give up half of their salaries to ensure that all the workers and employees receive their paychecks amid the current circumstances,” said the club in a statement.
Contractors are not the first Egyptian club to take such action. Pyramids FC have cut wages and used the money to help donate medical supplies, while Al Ittihad have seen coach Talaat Youssef and his technical staff give up half of their pay since football activities were suspended in the country.
“We must show solidarity and ensure a decent life for all employees of Ittihad Club. Our duty is to play a moral and material role in these difficult times,” Youssef told On Time Sport2 on Sunday, as quoted by Ahram Online.
Football in Egypt has been suspended since mid-March and there are increasing calls for other top flight clubs to slash wages of the players and limit the financial damage of the virus crisis.