Chinese FA proposes pay cuts up to 50pc for players, coaches

BEIJING (AP) — Players and coaches in the Chinese Super League could have salaries cut by up to 50 per cent to help clubs manage losses from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Head of China’s Football Association (CFA) Chen Xuyuan said teams would implement temporary player pay cuts of 30 to 50 per cent.

Chen Xuyuan also told state broadcaster CCTV that matches would be resumed on a staggered schedule but gave no specific dates.

South Korea’s K-League kicked off yesterday and played games in empty stadiums.

The CFA issued a statement saying the pay cuts in were not compulsory but urged clubs and players to engage in fair negotiations.

It also recommended the cuts be backdated to March 1 and should include foreign players, but should exclude those on low monthly incomes.