Spanish international and AS Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas has decided to surrender his £130,000-per-week salary to top-up the salaries of the staff at the club’s training ground.
Before he made this decision, the 32-year-old midfielder has earlier agreed with other players of the club to part with 30% of his wages for four months in order to help the club remain afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 30% pay cut also affected the non-playing staff of the club including those who are working at the club’s training ground.
Cutting of wages has been the strategy most clubs in Europe have turned to as a means of surviving the coronavirus crisis which has halted football since March.
Cesc Fabregas has been a good traveller now in a league that might not resume until June 17
Cesc Fabregas started his football career with Barcelona football academy but left for Premier League side Arsenal when he was just 16-year-old. He played for the Gunners to the highest level and even became the club’s captain.
He, however, broke the heart of Arsenal‘s supporters in 2011 when he left the club to return to Barcelona where he played until 2014. While at Barcelona, the midfielder scored 28 goals in 96 appearances.
After winning UEFA Champions League and other laurels he couldn’t win at Arsenal, he left Spanish La Liga and returned to the Premier League. He joined Arsenal’s rival Chelsea football club and spent 4 seasons before he left for Monaco in 2019.
French League 1 dilemma
Before French League 1 was suspended on March 16, the league has 10 rounds of matches left to play.
After a period of uncertainty, French football authorities have started planning on how they can restart the season on June 17.
In a statement issued by the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), the league body confirmed that the intention is to stage fixtures from that date, but it was not made clear if games would be played behind closed doors.
A French publication L’Equipe reported that clubs could play every three days to ensure the regular campaign finishes by July 25, allowing time for relegation and promotion play-offs to be completed by August 2.