Posted On Wednesday, 3rd April 2013
Ghana’s top players in France Andre Ayew and John Boye could leave the French top-flight league at the end of the season after the country’s government revealed that football will not be spared the proposed 75 percent tax.
All the 14 Ghanaian players including the likes of John Mensah, Samuel Inkoom, Jordan Ayew, Jerry Vandam and Kevin Osei will be affected by the proposed 75 percent supertax, which President François Hollande announced last week.
The Ghanaian players plying their trade in France could be forced to leave the country as their wages could be hugely affected by the proposed taxes which could force them to look elsewhere in Europe.
France’s Prime Minister’s office at Matignon insisted on Tuesday that football clubs will be affected by the proposed 75 percent supertax.
The statement will be a surprise to the head of France’s Football Federation (FFF) Noël le Graët who had earlier claimed that the country’s football clubs would be spared the planned 75 percent tax rate.
However the Prime Minister’s office at Matignon moved quickly to dismiss Le Graët’s words.
“All businesses which pay salaries over €1 million” will be affected by the tax, read a statement from Matignon.
France’s Football Federation was clearly under the wrong impression that their clubs would be spared the levy.
“The Prime Minister made it very clear to me that only the big enterprises will be affected. Clubs will be considered as small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) so will not be touched by the tax,” Le Graët told French daily Le Parisien.
The PM’s office denied having had any contact with Le Graët.
The news comes as mega rich Paris Saint-Germain played Barcelona in the quarter finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The progress made by PSG in Europe has given French football a much-needed boost after spending years in the doldrums.
The club, backed by billionaire Qatari owners, have spent millions to attract players of the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and most recently David Beckham, offering them eye-watering salaries to entice them to Paris.
Although money seems no object for PSG a 75 percent tax rate could however affect France’s ability to hold on to the most talented players like Andre Ayew and John Boye.
Fréderic Thiriez, president of France’s Football League said the proposal represented a ‘lose-lose’ situation for the clubs.
“France would lose its best players and the ability of the clubs to compete in Europe would decrease. The state would also lose some of its biggest contributors in terms of tax,” said.
“This will strangle the clubs.”