SAFPU May Consider Pay Cuts

02 Apr 2020

South African Football Players Union President Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe believes that due to the coronavirus pandemic, pay cuts may be necessary.

That’s despite Premier Soccer League Acting Chief Executive Mato Madlala saying clubs would continue receiving grants to pay players.

“Clubs will continue receiving their grants from the PSL,” said Madlala. “Even if the season runs until June it will not be a problem, because clubs receive the grant every month throughout the year."

But, after a host of teams around the world announced a cut in player salaries to help clubs stay afloat, Gaoshubelwe admitted that it could happen in South Africa.

"We might have to enter into this discussion,” he said. “If it gets to that point, we will sit down and negotiate on the facts that are before us. We cannot pre-empt now what is going to happen, but we have been watching what has been going on overseas."

All football activities have been halted following the country's 21-day lockdown that took effect last week, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The South African Football Association had initially taken the steps to ban all football matches and related activities until 4 April, with that now extended to 16 April.

Following the lockdown, talks will continue as to when football can resume in the country, as the PSL hopes to complete all leagues by the end of June.

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