As a result of the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, Arsenal have announced plans to layoff 55 staff less than a week after winning the FA Cup to secure their place in next season’s Europa League.
In a statement by the club stated that “revenue from broadcasters, matchday and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season.”
The club said they had done all they could to reduce costs, including players, senior staff and executive team members taking voluntary pay cuts, adding “but it is now clear that we must reduce our costs further to ensure we are operating in a sustainable and responsible way.
The decision however sparked an immediate social media backlash from fans contrasting the huge sums involved with keeping key players to the lost jobs of staff at the north London outfit. Former Germany international Mesut Ozil, who has not played since before lockdown, earns around 350,000 pounds a week
At the moment the club is trying to negotiate a multi-million pound contract extension with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by offering him 300,000 pounds-a-week deal.
Arsenal are also bidding to lure Chelsea forward Willian to the club, also on a huge weekly wage.
Neymar Slapped With Two-Match Ban As LFP Investigates Racism Allegations
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has been handed a two-match ban following his dismissal against Olympique Marseille last weekend.
Neymar was expelled from the match for slapping the I’OM defender on the back of the head.
Neymar then accused his opponent of directing racial slurs at him during their exchange, taking to social media to call for action to be taken against the Spanish defender.
Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) disciplinary committee has promised to investigate the racial slurs while Neymar serves his match ban
Benfica Out Of UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round
European cup former winners, Benfica, crashed out of the 2020/2021 UEFA champions league third qualifying round on Tuesday.
Serbia winger, Andrija Zivkovic, scored against his former club Benfica a week after leaving them.
Dynamo Kiev also advanced to the play-off round with a 2-nil home win over Dutch side Az Alkmaar.
Benfica won Europe’s premier club competition in 1961 and 1962.
FIFA Threatens Legal Action Against Walking Football World Cup Organizers Over Name
FIFA have threatened the Federation of International Walking Football Associations (FIWFA) with legal action over their logo and plans to hold a World Cup.
The sport of walking football was started to encourage older persons to stay active and fit.
FIFA are concerned that the logo and hosting of the major tournament could confuse people and potentially cause financial damage to the game’s ruling body.
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