The footballers refuse to negotiate the possible salary cut that the Catalan club’s board of directors will present to them. But there are three who did not sign. Who are they.
The defeat to Getafe in the Spanish League was not the only bad news for Barcelona at the weekend. It is that, according to Spanish media, a crack can open within the squad after three players have refused to sign the burofax in which the players refuse to negotiate the possible salary reduction that the board of directors of the Catalan club motivated by the economic crisis given the coronavirus pandemic.
The board of directors of Barcelona wants to postpone the payment of the salaries that soccer players currently receive and enter the difference when the economic situation of the country improves. However, the players refuse. And, as Lionel Messi did a couple of months ago when he announced that he did not want to continue at the club, they sent a burofax. Yes, once again the blessed burofax is the protagonist of a conflict in Barcelona.
This Sunday, Catalunya Ràdio revealed that the document was signed by 21 members of the squad, meaning that the signatures of three footballers are missing: Marc André Ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong. This marks a crack in the Camp Nou dressing room as confirmed by the newspaper Sport “The four captains in unison – Leo Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto – agreed on the content of the burofax and their absolute disagreement with the initial proposal of the entity.”
A proposal that within the establishment has caused a certain division since while some do not want to negotiate with President Josep Bartomeu and company others are willing to do so. They oppose a proposal for a 30 percent cut in wages.
Meanwhile, the main Spanish portals point out that Ter Stegen is currently negotiating his contract renewal, so this could have been a key factor in understanding why the goalkeeper chose not to go against the leadership. The reason why Lenglet and De Jong also chose to go against their teammates is unknown.
The deadline for this round trip is November 5, so the negotiation will continue for the next few weeks. It is worth remembering that in the middle of the quarantine in Spain, Messi and the rest of his teammates announced a 70% reduction in their income.
At that time, the players issued a statement explaining the reason for that decision: “First of all, we want to clarify that our will has always been to apply a reduction in the salary we receive, because we fully understand that it is an exceptional situation and we are the first that we have always helped the club when we have been asked ”.
The burofax scandal seems to have no end in Barcelona. The first had been sent by Messi to report that he was thus activating his exit clause, which he was finally unable to use, and the second was from Quique Setién, who after the inauguration of Ronald Koeman, had not yet been officially fired, for which he demanded that the leadership remove him from his position.