"Being a footballer is totally different to pretty much every other job that's out there" claims former Birmingham City defender

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 4:12pm

Former Birmingham City defender Darren Purse analysed the idea that footballers should take a pay cut whilst no football is currently being played.

With hardly any football currently being played due to the coronavirus pandemic some clubs have, and are, taking measures to reduce their expenditure costs. 

Barnet FC, of the National League, last week announced that they were putting all of the club's non-playing staff on notice, however this situation has now changed drastically. On Tuesday, 24th March, a statement on the club's website read: "We originally thought that we would be losing up to 60 staff across the group but with the Government support measures in place, the number of people affected, excluding the academy, is now less than half a dozen, who for various reasons e.g. end of contract, returned overseas etc. would have departed anyway."

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The Guardian reported: "Barcelona are considering a pay cut of up to 70% for all of their players for as long as the coronavirus lockdown lasts in Spain. The players are understood to be receptive to the reduction but no agreement has been reached."

And Championship side Birmingham City are looking for some of their players to take a pay cut according to the Telegraph. As reported in the Telegraph: "Players earning over £6,000 a week at Birmingham have been requested to take a 50% deduction in salary for the next four months, in correspondence sent to agents which has been seen by Telegraph Sport.

"Birmingham's board have asked players to accept a cut of half their monthly wages until June this year, with the salaries to be paid back in four instalments when the football season resumes."

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Many have wondered why footballers don't have their wage reduced whilst no football matches are being played. 

Analysing the idea, former Birmingham City defender, Darren Purse defended the job footballers do: "I agree with it to a certain degree, but being a footballer is totally different to pretty much every other job that's out there you know. 

"Footballers at the end they're commodities and these footballers, if clubs didn't pay them, then they've got rights to walk away and they're worth money to the football club. 

"Look at players like Jude Bellingham, they're talking about selling him for £50-60million, so a lot of money for a football club like Birmingham. And I think that's the difference.

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"It's hard to obviously compare just a normal run of the mill job compared to footballers because they are actually worth money to the football club that they play for and that's why there's contracts in place. 

"No disrespect to printers and people like that but if you lose your job as a printer, then there is another one out there, you haven't gotta go pay money for them. And I think that's the difference, a little bit, between football and sort of other jobs that are out there."

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