MARCA Sport Weekend | LaLiga Some clubs have huge wage bills
Javier Tebas has given a stark warning to some of Spain’s top-paying football clubs. The LaLiga president believes some teams will struggle to pay wages while football remains behind closed doors.
Clubs across Europe have already suffered greatly by a loss of matchday revenue during the pandemic, but there are some particularly large wage bills in LaLiga Santander.
“We still have an excess spend of around 500 million euros because clubs cannot release their players from their contracts,” Tebas said at MARCA Sports Weekend. “There has been an exercise to reduce wage bills. If we’d planned to invest 45 percent of ticketing and it’s not going to be like that, clubs are spending 500 million euros in excess.
“Some clubs have to keep working on reducing their wage bills again. The most affected clubs in Spain are Valencia, Barcelona, Real Madrid… Those clubs cannot get rid of their players. In order to finish the season, Spanish football would need some 490 million euros to be able to pay for the clubs’ expenses.
“But it’s not happening to everyone. We’ve looked at 17 clubs; some need 100 million euros and others three million euros; but maybe the ones with three million euros are worse than the others. We’re working on looking at how to regulate them.
“Valencia are no longer in the Champions League, for example, and they get criticised for having to sell players, [but] they have to sell and Barcelona [have to] lower their players’ wages in order to finish the season. They have no other option.”
LaLiga Santander’s top clubs didn’t spend much money on transfers during the summer window, especially compared with the Premier League.
“They’re trying to make up for their losses with their spending,” Tebas explained. “[The other leagues] are in a more complicated situation than us, but it’s surprising that the Premier League spent 1.2 billion euros on signings.”
Tebas also addressed the issue of the European Super League – a proposal he has always opposed – after Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted that he’d signed Barcelona up to one before resigning as president.
“The Super League is still a secret, except for 30 seconds of a Bartomeu press conference in which he ended up saying that he’d signed some documents…” Tebas added. “The Super League seems like a joke to me. It’s impossible to put together a tournament while the major leagues are against it.
“I’d call it the ‘Interplanetary League’ because it’s so ridiculous that a team from Mars will turn up to play. It’s impossible for the big clubs to compete without putting their league or the Champions League at risk. They’d have to find 12 billion euros from somewhere. When Bartomeu spoke about it, a president of other club told me, ‘Javier, I wasn’t at that bar.'”