Former African players of Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, Ivory Coast duo Xavier Kouassi and Seydou Kouassi, and Senegal’s Birama Ndoye have been sacked by FC Sion for refusing to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Swiss league is one of many across the world that has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and clubs have seen their revenue heavily affected by the league’s postponement.

According to SDA, club president Christian Constantin has decided to rip up the deals immediately after the players rejected his measures including less training and a salary cap.

However, other players include, Pajtim Kasami, Ermir Lenjani, Mickael Facchinetti, Christian Zock, and Johan Djourou.

Switzerland has registered some 3,800 cases of coronavirus, including 33 deaths making the small Alpine country of 8.5 million people one of the hardest-hit by the pandemic compared to its population size.

The Swiss league was stopped on March 1 after the government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

Sion are eighth in the 10-team Swiss Super League and only four points clear of the relegation place. There are 13 rounds of matches to play if the championship re-starts.

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