The soften the blow of financial crisis arising out of coronavirus pandemic, FC Barcelona will cut down the wages of its players and staff, the Spanish club announced on Thursday. The pay-cut covers all footballers including Lionel Messi and non-playing staff during the entire period of lockdown enforced to fight the COVID-19 that has resulted in the death of over 4,000 people in Spain. Also Read - Delhi Lockdown News: Chandni Chowk, Other Markets Under Self-imposed Lockdown From Today Due to Corona Surge

The decision was taken after a meeting held via video conference. Also Read - Centre Bans Oxygen Supply For Industrial Use to Meet Medical Requirements For COVID Patients | Highlights

“Among the measures adopted, it’s worth noting those related to the workplace are motivated by the need to adapt the contractual obligations of the club staff to the new and temporary circumstances that we are experiencing,” Barcelona said in a statement. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Universities, Colleges And Schools Closed Till May 15

“It is a reduction of the working day, imposed by the circumstances and the protection measures carried out, and, as a consequence, the proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts,” it added.

Spain is the second worst affected country due to the coronavirus after Italy and has been under lockdown since March 14. People have been asked to stay put in their homes and not venture out except for buying essential items.

The highly contagious virus has so far infected over half-a-million people globally and left close to 24,000 dead.

Meanwhile, football clubs across Europe have thrown open their facilities to help governments fight coronavirus.

Italian football federation is providing its national training centre for the treatment of patients.

In Spain, Real Mardid’s Santiago Bernabeu will be used as a storage facility for medical equipment.