COVID-19 - Interview with Wouter Lambrecht & Román Gómez Ponti, FC Barcelona

COVID-19 - Interview with Wouter Lambrecht & Román Gómez Ponti, FC Barcelona

Wouter Lambrecht[1]
Attorney-at-law, Fútbol Club Barcelona
& Román Gómez Ponti[2]
Chef Legal Officer, Fútbol Club Barcelona
Barcelona - Spain

What are the legal consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on the contracts between clubs and players? Do you think that players can refuse a salary reduction? Do you think that players can refuse to train or play over security concerns?

We understand these are two questions in one. At the club, the health of our players and staff trumps all else. In fact, we have put in place even more stringent safety and hygiene protocols than the ones developed by regulatory and governmental bodies, this being done to create the safest possible environment possible for all our employees. Having said that, there is no such thing as a zero-risk environment and a zero-risk environment did not exist before the world got to know COVID-19 nor will it exist once a vaccine is found for this specific virus. What we have done is reduce risks substantially for the players and employees in their work-related environment, an environment which now is...

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