Players’ Association on ‘unacceptable’ ruling

The Italian Players’ Association released a statement warning they will not stand for the financial incentives that could allow clubs to avoid paying their employees.

The FIGC passed down a series of rulings yesterday, including ways of helping Serie A, B and C clubs to get through the financial difficulty of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, in an attempt to loosen the restrictions that ban a club from registering for the new season if they haven’t paid their employees in full, the Players’ Association (AIC) fears it leaves too many loopholes that can be exploited.

“The AIC today analysed the Federation rulings and shared our great shock and embarrassment at the decisions made,” read a statement.

“There is immense disappointment in learning that clubs from all professional levels of the game can register for the 2020-21 season even if they only paid one month’s salary during the period March-June 2020.

“These are plans that we simply cannot accept and will damage the financial security of most professional football players in Italy.

“The Federation intends to check in August only that the clubs have paid salaries for March, April and May 2020, with the provision that for March and April, they only need to prove that May 2020 was paid.

“This is frankly a stretch, seeing as in March there were games in all three professional divisions, while during the lockdown all the athletes continued to undergo daily training sessions from home on the indications of their club.”

The concern is that clubs are given the benefit of the doubt in case of a protest from players and employees, which would be particularly damaging to those in Serie C who don’t earn as much as in the top flight.

“In light of this, the Players’ Association hopes to see the adoption of a system that favours collective agreements that can resolve problems rather than foment legal action.”

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