Footballers and DT of America in Mexico defer their salaries to cover club payments

MEXICO CITY, Apr 16 (Reuters) – Players and the technical director of Club América, the most winning player in Mexican soccer with 13 titles, will defer their salaries to cover the payments of the women’s representative and basic forces, in addition to the administrative staff, before the economic impact of the coronavirus that has left more than 131,000 deaths worldwide.

The “Eagles” of America joined their staunch rival, “Chivas” from Guadalajara, in addition to the clubs Atlas, Santos Laguna, Monterrey, Pachuca, León and Querétaro, who have also taken the step of deferring the salaries of their players until that Liga MX return to normality.

“The players of the first team and coaching staff made a proposal to defer a percentage of their consideration in solidarity with the rest of their teammates,” the club said in a statement Thursday.

“This initiative aims to help preventively protect the salary of her female teammates, as well as members of the basic forces and administrative employees of the institution,” he explained.

In Mexico, the coronavirus outbreak has left 5,847 infected and 449 dead, so the government extended preventive measures such as home confinement and the paralysis of non-essential economic activities until May 30.

“America has strong and healthy finances, the result of responsibility and efficiency in its spending. Fortunately, to date, none of our members has been infected by COVID-19,” said the club.

The Clausura tournament of Mexican soccer was suspended on March 15 after the end of the tenth day, which was played without an audience.

America is in fourth place with 17 points after five wins, two draws and three defeats.

“The important thing is to help the club in these difficult times, and the strongest part of a club’s payroll will always be the players and the coaching staff. I think the proposal of the boys is a very good thing, and of course the coaching staff we thought it was extremely good, “technical director Miguel Herrera told the Reforma newspaper.

(Report by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)