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Swiss club sacks players who refused coronavirus pay cut

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Swiss side FC Sion have sacked nine first-team players after they refused to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the head of the Swiss players' union (SAFP) calling the club's the decision "outrageous".

Like football around the world, the Swiss league has been brought to a standstill, depriving clubs of much of their income for possibly several months.

Sion dismissed nine players, telling Reuters in an email that they had refused to be put on part-time work in accordance with government...

Grasshoppers players 'blackmailed' into giving their shirts to fans - president

Ulrich Forte, Grasshoppers
Grasshoppers coach Uli Forte said he would stay with the club for next season.

The president of fallen Swiss giants Grasshopper Zurich said he was "blackmailed" by the club's own fans on Sunday after they had demanded the players' shirts once Lucern had taken a 4-0 lead in their Swiss Super League clash.

Angry Grasshopper supporters threatened to storm the pitch after their side conceded a fourth, forcing a match involving the team to be called off for the second time in two months.

If the result is confirmed by the Swiss Football League disciplinary commission, the 27-times...

FC Luzern looking to sell Australia international Tomi Juric - report

Less than two months after being axed from the Socceroos, Tomi Juric appears to be being forced out of his Swiss club FC Luzern.

The 27-year-old played a full 90 minutes for Luzern against Neuchatel Xamax on Sunday, in his seventh Swiss Super League appearance this season.

Despite that, the Luzerner Zeitung reports that Juric has been told he can negotiate with other clubs and has been barred from training with the first team.

Juric has been with the Swiss club since July 2016 after joining from...

FC Zurich condemn racist behaviour after banana thrown at FC Basel player Aldo Kalulu

Basel player Aldo Kalulu had a banana thrown at him as he took a corner at Zurich.
FC Basel player Aldo Kalulu had a banana thrown at him as he took a corner at FC Zurich.

FC Zurich have condemned the fan who threw a banana at FC Basel's Aldo Kalulu as he took a corner in their match on Sunday.

The Swiss club said the banana had been thrown from the part of the St Jakob Park stadium that was occupied by their supporters.

"In the early stages against Basel, a banana was thrown out of FCZ's fan zone towards FCB player Aldo Kalulu when he went to take a corner," Zurich said in a statement.

"The club strongly condemns this racist behaviour and does not tolerate it in...

Former Barcelona, Arsenal midfielder Alex Song signs two-year deal with Sion

Alex Song left Rubin Kazan in January amid a dispute over unpaid wages.
Alex Song left Rubin Kazan in January amid a dispute over unpaid wages.

Former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has signed a two-year contract with Sion of the Swiss Super League, the club announced on Tuesday.

Song, 30, joined Sion after parts of two seasons with Rubin Kazan, having left the club in January when FIFA intervened to terminate his contract because the club were falling behind on paying players' wages.

According to the Telegraph, Song was still owed £7.9 million by Rubin in June.

The former Cameroon international made more than 200 appearances...