Football faces long haul to reach economic recovery, warns global players chief

19 March 2021

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Photo: Alamy "...there's also many countries in which very, very extreme measures were forced upon players, and you could not justify all of these by the economic consequences of the crisis," says FIFPRO secretary general Jonas Baer-Hoffmann in an interview with offthepitch.com.

Questions on whether clubs will be able to pay deferred salaries, says FIFPRO chief Jonas Baer-Hoffmann.

Evidence that biggest clubs are offering salary hikes, but elsewhere “wages will continue to be lower for a good amount of time.”

The FIFPRO-chief warns that the full extent of the Covid pandemic is unknown and questions how it will impact commercial and matchday revenues once crowds come back.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

The head of the global players union has warned that it will take “years” for football’s economy to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and that there are too many imponderables to be able to fully assess its impact on commercial and matchday revenue – even when crowds are allowed back.

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