Former NUFC striker sacked alongside ex-Arsenal duo after refusing coronavirus pay-cut

Remember Seydou Doumbia? He’s been left without a club this week after refusing to take a pay-cut with Swiss side FC Sion.

The Swiss Super League came to a sudden halt on March 1st following the Coronavirus pandemic, and FC Sion have since asked their players to help them financially by signing an agreement to take a wage cut during the crisis.

Some have agreed, but former NUFC loan flop Seydou Doumbia is one of several who’ve refused.

As a result, himself and ex-Arsenal duo Alex Song and Johan Djourou have been sacked by the club, leaving them as free agents and without a club for the remainder of the 2019/20 season (if it ever gets completed, that is!).

Doumbia, who’s now 32, endured a forgettable spell at St James’ Park, failing to score in any of his 3 appearances in 2016.

Since then he’s had a loan spell at Basel – where he scored 21 goals in 33 games – a stint in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon, followed by spells in Spain and Switzerland with Girona and Sion respectively.

For a player who was one of the most highly rated strikers outside of Europe during his prolific spell with CSKA Moscow, the Ivorian’s career hasn’t half gone downhill.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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