St. Gallen president Thomas Müller announced on Friday that only two-thirds of the players' salaries for August had been paid after failure to qualify for the UEFA Cup coupled with a disappointing start to the season and dwindling attendances left them short of funds.
'A difficult transition period'
Müller added that he plans to discuss wage reductions with the first-team squad. "Our measure is not unusual," he said. "We had openly communicated before the beginning of the season that there would be a difficult transition period up to the purchase of a new stadium. We hope they are helpful to us in difficult times."
Under Swiss labour laws, St. Gallen are unable to force players to accept a reduced salary without agreement and Müller said private talks would be held with all of Gerard Castella's squad in the coming days. Players have the right to demand that their August wage is paid in full if they do not want to accept a pay cut to help ease the club's problems.
St. Gallen missed out on a UEFA Cup windfall after being beaten by Dutch side Willem II in the third qualifying round of the Intertoto Cup and currently lie 10th in the Nationalliga A after a poor start to the season. Attendances have dropped as a result and only 9,500 turned out for Wednesday's 3-2 defeat by league leaders Grasshopper-Club.
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