Feyenoord players hold legal trump card: โ€œWrong way of actionโ€

Louis Everard, director of players union VVCS, has full understanding for Feyenoord players who do not want to agree to a second wage offering. The Feyenoord board had to appeal to the player group because of financial problems, but encountered resistance.

The Feyenoord players already paid in part of their salary last spring. โ€œThe starting point was: the strongest shoulders carry the heaviest loads. We wanted to take into account the NOW scheme (the law that compensates companies for losses incurred as a result of the coronavirus). The recommendation we made then collectively was valid until 31 December 2020, says Everard in conversation with CCEit Lijn. โ€œThe Feyenoord players have participated in this. And I can say that they have made a great sacrifice, truly a very substantial sacrifice.โ€
The Eredivisie clubs initially assumed that they could play in front of the public again in January. That was not the case, so the losses for Feyenoord were higher than expected. โ€œThen you consult each other and then you try to find a reasonable compromise. Of course, it is not the case that as a club you can impose a kind of dictate unilaterally,โ€ says Everard, who thinks that Feyenoord did so. So he gives the refusing players great right. โ€œAt that first agreement all players signed individually. So why would that be different now?โ€
Then its up to the Arbitration Committee According to Everard, the players can even take legal action. โ€œThat the club withholds money without the player having given individual consent. Then the player can say, โ€œOkay, Ill take it or I wont take it.โ€ If he doesnt take it, hell take the hall to the judge. In football, its the arbitration committee. And then it is up to the arbitration committee to give an opinion on that,โ€ he says. โ€œIt is presented as a one-sided dictation. I dont think you should want that as a club. It seems to me a totally wrong way of action.โ€
Earlier in the day, Jens Toornstra already discussed the wage sacrifice that the Feyenoord players had to make. โ€œWe listened to it. Have we accepted it? We didnt have a chance to accept it or refuse it. It was an announcement,โ€ he said after the 2-2 draw at FC Twente on the early Sunday afternoon. According to Everard, Feyenoord is currently the only club where it has not reached an agreement with the player group.