COVID-19: Hundreds of English Footballers Have to Retire Soon

Hundreds of the 1,400 players in the lower leagues of English football (from the Championship and below) may not be allowed to sign a professional contract once they become a free agent this summer.

Right now, a lot of players maturing their contract with the host club this summer are looking forward to an extension or find a new stop. However, some clubs believe that about 40% of players will leave without a new club, which could cause them to retire early.

A player who requested anonymity said the options of the professional players were further restricted. Because they do not want to travel long distances across the country in times of crisis because of this epidemic. This is the time you want to spend time supporting your loved ones. They make clear that it is the top priority. For the safety of themselves and their families, they do not want to go away, which increases their exposure to the source of the disease.

On May 15, Sportsmail revealed the English Football League (EFL) is considering a salary limit of £ 2.5 million to £ 3 million for League One, and between £ 1.25 and 1.5 million in League Two. At the same time they limit the squad to a maximum of 20 players over 21 years of age. About 80% of EFL’s clubs are said to support this proposal, which is likely to apply from the 2021/22 season.

In addition, they have proposed introducing an independent governing body to monitor wages, with harsh penalties for any club that violates. Some of the 1,400 players who face the risk of unemployment, may have to accept to play part-time. Meanwhile, others expect the minimum wage to be reduced.

Championship players have recently been offered only 30% of their current salary. Sportsmail said a club proposed unilaterally reducing more than 50% of the salary to maintain the operation of the team.