PSL grants not guaranteed – players paid their March salaries

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The spread of the novel coronavirus has forced various Leagues around the world including the Absa Premiership, English Premier League and La Liga to be suspended with several clubs taking measures to safeguard their financial stability during this uncertain period.

However, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) is yet to take into consideration the issue of salary pay cuts for players, coaches and staff members with the South African Players’ Union president Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe confirming that all PSL clubs were paid their full March salaries, excluding GladAfrica Championship side Royal Eagles, which is said to be struggling financially.

Several clubs including Liverpool furloughed staff members but left players’ salaries untouched. While big clubs such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus announced salary reductions to neutralise the financial damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In England, the League Managers Association (LMA), the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), the Premier League (PL) and the Football League are in talks over players and managers pay reductions.

Irvin Khoza. Picture courtesy of PSL. 

“At the moment, we don’t want to cloud the space in these 21 days of lockdown. For now, it’s all about the messaging that adherence to the basic health issues,” PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza told Sunday Times.

According to Khoza, GladAfrica Championship and Absa Premiership clubs are yet to take any measures that will result in the players’ and management salaries being reduced.

“On April 21 we’ll have discussions with the president of SAFA [Danny Jordaan] and all other issues will be discussed there,” said Khoza.

“Well there’s no guarantee [PSL R2,5 million monthly grants that each club receives]. Our revenues are affected by playing, the clubs’ revenue streams are linked to playing. If you’re not playing, it gives to other issues, but for now we’ve managed to pay players. We’re evaluating the situation as it moves on,” he added.

Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe, SAPFU President.

SAFPU President said that at present, the only concerning issue is that of Eagles as players didn’t receive their salaries.

“That’s the matter that we’re busy with. Other than that, we’ve not received any complaints, but we’re engaging all the clubs to find out if there are issues,” said Gaoshubelwe

“I spoke with the League this week and they’ll come back to us after their meetings [April 21] on the future of the current season and all other issues pertaining to that,” he concluded.

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