Former Cameroon International and Arsenal midfielder Alex Song and eight teammates have been sacked by Swiss Super League side FC Sion for refusing to take wage cuts after the League was suspended over the Coronavirus outbreak.
Controversial FC Sion President Christian Constantin reportedly demanded every player in the team sign an agreement to get the pay cut, but Nine players including former Arsenal players Song and Johan Djourou refused.
Ivory Coast international Seydou Doumbia, Sion Academy product Birama Ndoye were also among those sacked by the club.
Club captain Xavier Kouassi, Pajtim Kasami, Ermir Lenjani, Mickael Facchinetti and Christian Zock make up the list.
The country’s league was halted indefinitely because of the outbreak which has severely hampered teams’ abilities to bring in much needed revenue to continue paying their staff, per Brian Homewood [Reuters].
The Swiss league was stopped on March 1 after the government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people.
Sion are eighth in the 10-team Swiss Super League and only four points clear of the relegation place. There are 13 rounds of matches to play if the championship re-starts.
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