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Barcelona to cut salaries in virus fight

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Healthcare workers dealing with the new coronavirus crisis in Spain, applaud in return as they are cheered on by people outside “El Clinic” University Hospital in Barcelona on March 26, 2020. – Spain’s coronavirus toll surged above 4,000 today but the increase in both fatalities and infections slowed, raising hope a nationwide lockdown was starting to curb the spread of the epidemic. Spain currently has the world’s second-highest death toll after Italy, and has so far suffered 4,089 deaths after another 655 people succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said. (Photo by Pau Barrena / AFP)

Barcelona said Thursday they were slashing salaries to counter the financial fall-out from the coronavirus although the Spanish giants did not specify if all of its employees would be affected by the move.

All football has been suspended in Spain where the virus has so far killed more than 4,000 people with 56,000 confirmed cases.

“The suspension of competitions, following the epidemic of Covid-19, entails the cessation of all activities, sporting and non-sporting, of our club,” said a statement released by Barcelona.

The club, it added, had taken a “series of measures to mitigate its effects and reduce the economic consequences of this crisis.”

“Essentially, it is a reduction in the working day, forced by the circumstances, and consequently a proportional reduction in the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”

The Catalan club did not specify, however, the scale of the cuts or if all of its employees are affected.


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