Alex Song belongs to a group of nine players who were sacked by FC Sion for not agreeing to a pay cut, sharing difficulties with the club during the pandemic.
Two have ever played for Arsenal
Of these nine players, two have ever played for Arsenal: midfielder Alex Song and center-back Johan Djourou. The others are Christian Zock, Pajtim Kasami, Ermir Lenjani, Xavier Kouassi, Birama Ndoye, Mikael Facchinetti, and Seydou Doumbia.
FC Sion, President Christian Constantin has texted each player in the team, offering to pay about $ 12,200 in idle allowances for each person, instead of paying wages. The move is intended to save the tragic financial situation of the club in the context of the tournament being suspended due to disease.
Players are required to respond by noon on March 18. Otherwise, they will be released contracts. Many players refused or didn’t respond, and nine were dismissed. The majority of the nine will be out of contract next June.
The Swiss Football Association (SAFP) condemns Sion’s decision, while players are seeking legal advice to claim their rights. Sion is the first club, in European leagues, to free players.
“We hope this decision to release the unfair contract will be canceled. The parties need to sit down together to negotiate,” the SAFP statement said.
Not only in Switzerland, but clubs in many parts of the world also have to devise strategies to improve their financial situation when all activities are delayed by Corona Virus (Covid-19). In Germany, the Borussia Monchengladbach players accept a reduced salary so the club can pay for other people. French club Amiens also suggested that the player do the same.
In the United Kingdom, Man Utd has pledged to pay its employees normally, regardless of whether the Premier League is canceled or competed without an audience.
9 players receive a high salary at FC Sion
9 high-paid players at FC Sion include Alex Song, Johan Djorou, Seydou Doumbia, Pajtim Kasami, Ermir Lenjani, Xavier Kouassi, Mickael Facchinetti, Christian Zock and Birama Ndoye.
According to the Swiss press, Christian Constantin chairman dismissed those players without warning through the WhatsApp messaging app. The reason this group of players lost their jobs is because of refusing to reduce wages between the Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Earlier, FC Sion had asked these players to receive a salary of 11,700 euros/month in the upcoming difficult time. However, there are reports that the nine players did not respond in time because the thinking time was too short (until March 18). The majority of these nine people will be out of contract in June.
The good news for Song and his team-mates is the Swiss Association of Players (SAFP) who proposed this case. In the view of SAFP, the dismissal in the middle of the season is unacceptable: “We hope this unjust decision will be canceled. The parties need to sit down to negotiate and find ways. best judgment “.
Not only FC Sion, but clubs in many parts of the world also have to devise strategies to improve the financial situation due to Corona Virus (Covid-19). In Germany, Moenchengladbach players accept a reduced salary so the club can pay for other people. Similarly Amiens (France).
In the United Kingdom, M.U is committed to paying employees whether the rest of the Premier League 2019/20 is canceled or has to play against an unattended stadium.
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