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COVID-19: Roma players, manager volunteer to forgo four months’ salary

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With the COVID-19 pandemic taking its toll on football activities across the world, Players and manager of AS Roma have decided to give up their four months’ salary.

The Serie A side are the latest among clubs in Europe that got support from their players and coaches by accepting pay cuts or forgoing salaries to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

Led by captain Edin Dzeko, the team and manager Paulo Fonseca approached Roma’s hierarchy and volunteered to forgo their pay for four months.

The team will also pay the difference to ensure all club staff placed on furlough receive their full salary.

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In a letter to Roma Chief Executive, Guido Fienga, the players said: “We players are ready to start playing as soon as possible, giving the maximum to achieve our goals, but we also realise that all this will not be enough to face the economic consequences of the current emergency.

“With the hope of doing something that will help the company to better restart the Roma project that we all share, we offer this financial proposal.”

Roma have not played since March 1, 2020 – just days before the Serie A season was postponed.

Italy currently has the highest death toll from coronavirus in Europe, with more than 23,000 confirmed deaths.

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