Bordeaux negotiates salary cuts with its players

Bordeaux, whose payroll is supervised by the DNCG, will meet its players to negotiate wage cuts in order to be able to validate the contracts of its recruits.

Initially relegated to National by the DNCG, the Girondins de Bordeaux were finally kept in Ligue 2 a week ago. A decision following an appeal before the CNOSF and a hearing before the COMEX of the French Football Federation (FFF). The financial policeman since French football has acted to supervise the payroll and transfer allowances in the budget. Enough to force the club led by President Gérard Lopez to tighten the belt of his club more.

If they want to recruit or approve the contracts of Yoann Barbet (29) and Vital N’Simba (29), who arrived free at the start of their preparation and who have been training for a month with the group, Bordeaux must slim down for more three million euros on its payroll. As announced by Sud-Ouest, a letter has been sent to the players to invite them to an interview before offering them to lower their salary, up to 20%.

An international has agreed to refuse his salary

According to information from RMC Sport, a few players have agreed to undergo their emoluments to help the club. One of Admar Lopes’ recruits last season, international in his country, validated this new measure. The Bordeaux workforce is in full reflection on this subject.

“I have not yet had a discussion with the management, attributed the striker Josh Maja, who is part of the important salaries of the group, in a press conference before facing Rodez. For me it is important to help the club if they need it. It will depend on the expectations of the club.” Several members of the workforce have refused, in particular certain “lofters” sent with the reserve to train. A situation monitored very closely by the UNFP, the majority players’ union.

According to article 761 of the charter on salary cuts, clubs have the option of collectively reducing remuneration. But the silence of the player or the continuation of the contract under the new conditions (with the application of the reduction) is not worth an agreement on his part. This therefore requires a written agreement from the principal concerned. The UNFP considers that a refusal cannot be considered as serious misconduct and cannot justify redundancy. The Girondins are obliged to win with each player to consider lower wages. This measure will not allow Bordeaux to save enough to lower its payroll to the amount desired by the DNCG, it will above all be necessary to sell so that the horizon of the Girondin transfer window finally clears up.

Arthur Perrot and Nicolas Paolorsi

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