The services of Edouard Philippe accepted the agreement between the UNFP and the clubs, that solves only a small part of the problem with the players.
Just over ten days ago, the footballers’ union (UNFP) and the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs signed an agreement on wages for the month of April.
But it was now necessary that the state validate this protocol, which provides for tax exemptions, and it is done, the Prime Minister’s services have indeed given the green light, which has been relayed by the Ministry of Sports to the authorities football.
As detailed by L’Equipe, thanks to this solution, which covers the month of April, the 40 clubs of L1 and L2 will not pay the employer charges provided on the 70% of the wages that footballers, put on partial unemployment, will receive this month because of the end of the championships in March.
On the other hand, April’s wages will be paid in two installments, the first at the end of the month and the other one month after the resumption of competition, these two payments being therefore exempt from employer charges.
In return, club leaders will cut their revenues by 30% in April, while the players have agreed not to claim certain rights for the highest salaries.
But of course, the footballers are not obliged to go further following this agreement, and the negotiations in progress at OM, Ol or even PSG, to mention that these clubs will continue in ambiances sometimes tense. Because these savings are not enough for clubs, and footballers are asked to lower wages drastically and over a longer period.
And this time, the government will not interfere.