Amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, FC Barcelona's first-team players could be set for a bitter battle with club officials after reportedly refusing a proposal to take a pay cut, leaving the LaLiga giants with no option but to take further legal action.
"Basically it is a reduction of the working day, imposed by the circumstances and the protection measures carried out, and, as a effect, the proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts", the club said in a statement.
Spain's La Liga has been suspended indefinitely and UEFA confirmed earlier this week that the Champions League has also been put on hold, with the final postponed as discussions about how to finish the season go on. Spain has declared a National Emergency to deal with the pandemic that has taken more than 4000 lives in the country.
"Basically it is a reduction of the working day, imposed by the circumstances and the protection measures carried out, and, as a outcome, the proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts".
Barcelona players, however, didn't take the suggestion of having their pay cut well.
However, ESPN has now confirmed that the Blaugrana squad have "rejected" the proposal leaving the club in a hard predicament due to their excessive wage costs.
It has been claimed that the captains of the side recently met with club officials, and were presented with a proposal that would see a reduction of their salaries that would "not exceed 50%".
According to the Guardian, the drastic measures for the first-team men's football team were due to the attempt to apply equal measures to the women's team, B team, youth squads and all other sporting codes that fall under the Barcelona club umbrella - which includes staff.