Wednesday Apr 22, 2020. 13:00
Egyptian giants Al Ahly have declared that they will not be cutting the wages of their players for the next four months.
The coronavirus pandemic has ground the vast majority of sport around the world to a halt, with many clubs putting workers on furlough and slashing the wages of players as a buffer against the loss of income.
This has already taken place at some of Ahly’s rivals, including Arab Contractors and Al Ittihad, but the Red Devils are better placed to withstand these pressures.
“The board reviewed the club’s resources in light of the current suspension and the club’s large monthly commitments and decided the following: Pay the entire salaries of employees and workers at the club so they can fulfill their needs and commitments in these hard circumstances, especially with the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan,” said a statement on Ahly’s website, as quoted by Ahram Online.
“Pay the entire wages of players and all staff members in all sports for the next four months starting from 1 April to 1 July,” the statement continued.
Ahly are one of the wealthiest clubs on the African continent, having secured a record sponsorship deal with Presentation back in 2018, as well as a major contract for their broadcast rights.
Football in Egypt has been suspended since mid-March, though the country’s FA say they are hopeful of completing the season when it is safe to do so.