Amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, FC Barcelona's first-team players could be set for a bitter battle with club officials after reportedly refusing a proposal to take a pay cut, leaving the LaLiga giants with no option but to take further legal action.
Spanish publication AS has reported that Barca's first-team players have rejected a request from club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to take a pay cut during the coronavirus-enforced National State of Emergency in Spain.
It has been claimed that the captains of the side recently met with club officials, and were presented with a proposal that would see a reduction of their salaries that would "not exceed 50%".
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Following the rejection of the proposal, Barca officials will now reportedly exercise their legal rights as an employer under Spain's temporary redundancy scheme (ERTE), which could see players lose up to 70% of their salaries while not playing.
The club is said to have made the decision to apply ERTE without consent as it deems such steps necessary to limit the extent of the financial fallout caused by the ongoing coronavirus crisis around the world.
The latest incident follows a spate of in-fighting at Barcelona in recent times, which included Lionel Messi's public reproach of sporting director Eric Abidal and a reported smear campaign led by Bartomeu.
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