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The Portuguese Union of Professional Football Players (SJPF) and the Portuguese Professional Football League (Liga) are in the process of revising the Collective Bargaining agreement (CBA). Recently they agreed on a set of special measures. This has the aim of protecting the integrity of football competitions and their main participants, players and clubs. In other words, to protect the football profession.

 

‘We're aware that football can't be isolated from the social reality that surrounds it’, SJPF president Joaquim Evangelista said during a press conference at the League's headquarters, in Porto.

 

‘Taking into account the situation that the country is going through and being conscious of the difficulties faced by all actors in football, especially the players, we have reached an agreement that presupposes a greater effort on our part, and that, on the other hand, calls for measures to protect employment and working conditions, and for compliance by the clubs.’

 

The revised CBA sets out that for a period of two years and only for contracts drawn up this season, the minimum wage in the II Liga (second division) will decrease from the equivalent of two minimum wages to the equivalent of 1.75 minimum wages. Negotiations between the Liga and SJPF have also led to the creation of a Salary Guarantee Fund of 500 thousand euros and the establishment of sports sanctions for clubs that fail to comply with the measures.  

 

Regarding the salary revision, Evangelista explained its exceptional nature and how it protects employment. ‘In an unprecedented period of two years, we have accepted this measure and are using it to protect employment, providing the conditions for the signing and compliance of more contracts. It's a measure that protects both the Portuguese players and the home-grown players. We prefer that young players get a contract rather than remaining unemployed’, stated Joaquim Evangelista.

 

On the other hand, players affected by this salary reduction who are subject to transfers will be entitled to 12 per cent of the transfer’s monetary value. And the clubs that show profit at the end of their financial year will be obliged to give a bonus to the players that were subject to the salary reduction.