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Football is moving closer together: signaling effect by foregoing salary


In times of the corona virus crisis, solidarity actions are supposed to strengthen the cohesion in professional football. Some clubs are badly affected economically. The first professional team to announce a wage cut was Borussia Mönchengladbach.

In times of the corona virus crisis, solidarity actions are supposed to strengthen the cohesion in professional football. Some clubs are badly affected economically. The first professional team to announce a wage cut was Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Berlin (dpa) - Borussia Mönchengladbach has made the start, numerous Bundesliga clubs have followed suit: in the meantime, many clubs are giving up players, coaches and leading employees at part of their salary due to the financial consequences of the coronavirus crisis. An overview:

FC BAYERN MUNICH: The stars and managers of FC Bayern waive 20 percent of their salaries. "We professional footballers are a particularly privileged professional group, for whom it is a matter of course to make financial cuts when there is a need," said captain Manuel Neuer to the daily newspapers "tz" and "Münchner Merkur". The measure is also intended to avoid impending disadvantages for the employees of the German record champion. FC Bayern is the financially strongest Bundesliga club. In the past double season, the Munich-based company posted sales of EUR 750.4 million for the entire group. FC Bayern München AG's personnel expenses amounted to EUR 336.2 million.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Thanks to the willingness of the professionals to forego part of their salary, BVB is saving a double-digit million amount. This sum will "help to secure and protect BVB as one of Dortmund's largest employers during the Corona crisis," the table's second statement said. "Those responsible for the club and the coaching staff" also joined the austerity measures. Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke assessed the waiver "as a valuable sign of solidarity both externally and to our 850 employees".

RB LEIPZIG: National player Marcel Halstenberg supports a relief effort by colleagues in the corona crisis - and would also be ready for further steps. "Sure, I would waive my salary to support employees of the club if there is such a severe crisis," said the defender "". The RB professional said he would support the relief effort by Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich #WeKickCorona with a donation. His teammate Lukas Klostermann also supports the campaign.

BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH: Sports director Max Eberl is happy about the willingness of the professional team to forego salary if it can help the club and the staff. "I'm very proud of the boys," said Eberl. He took this step as a clear signal and agreed: "We stand together for Borussia, in good and bad times. They want to give something back to Borussia and thus to all the fans who support us. The coaching staff has joined in , just like our directors and managing directors. "

FC SCHALKE 04: Especially after the bad annual balance of 2019 with a shortfall of 26.1 million euros, the topic of voluntary salary waiver quickly became a hot topic. The team council signaled that they would agree to cuts of up to 30 percent. The coaching team around David Wagner and the three-member board with Alexander Jobst, Peter Peters and Jochen Schneider are also ready for cuts. Nothing has been decided yet.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN: According to sports director Rudi Völler, the management and players are willing to forego a salary in view of the corona crisis. Völler spoke to Captain Lars Bender about this on Monday. "We are concerned and the players too, Lars gave me the signal. Everyone is required to help their own club. Everyone has to do their part - and of course that also applies to those responsible," said Völler of "Bild" .

VFL WOLFSBURG: At VfL Wolfsburg, the sporting management on the subject is in exchange with the team and the team council. A decision has not yet been made.

SC FREIBURG: At SC Freiburg, no decision has yet been made about the professionals' waiver. This point is under discussion internally, said a spokesman for the club.

TSG 1899 HOFFENHEIM: According to sports director Alexander Rosen, waiving salary is currently not an issue, the club sees itself financially well positioned for the crisis. According to the association, players and patrons Dietmar Hopp participate in a relief fund of the TSG.

1. FC KÖLN: According to managing director Alexander Wehrle, the Cologne professionals are willing to forego part of their salary. "Every club has to find its own way, but we have responsible guys with us who are aware of the seriousness of the situation. They know about their privileged position. I got to know our players so that they would be ready if the worst came to the worst to also make their contribution, "said Wehrle. He announced talks "in due course".

UNION BERLIN: The professionals of 1. FC Union Berlin, like the coaching team and employees, do not have a salary. "You cannot credit this willingness highly enough for everyone involved," said President Dirk Zingler. "We will master the challenges of the next few months as an association and the best way to do this is to show solidarity in the Union family." The team of the license player department agreed to waive their wages. Managers and employees agreed to short-time working arrangements, which also means reduced earnings.

EINTRACHT FRANKFURT: Sports director Fredi Bobic does not want to be drifted on the subject. The Hessians first want to examine how big the unforeseeable financial damage will be in the end. "I believe that everyone will do their part with us," said Bobic recently. "The players themselves have already sent positive signals."

HERTHA BSC: The subject of waiver is also discussed at the Berlin Club. Discussions were held internally about this, Sport Managing Director Michael Preetz said last. "Ultimately, everyone at Hertha BSC will certainly make a contribution so that we as an association and community can come through this crisis together." The association is taking several financial measures in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. In addition to a travel and contact freeze, there is also an "investment and spending freeze", reported CFO Ingo Schiller. Company holidays were ordered up to and including April 3.

FC AUGSBURG: There are still no concrete decisions on the topic. Manager Stefan Reuter had said, however, that a waiver should not be "no no-go". After all, everyone involved wanted German football to go to Corona. "Everyone will do their part if the exact numbers are on the table," said Reuter last.

FSV MAINZ 05: Everyone from the sporting leadership to the professionals to the coaches and supervisors will forego part of their salary. There is "incredibly high solidarity," said sports director Rouven Schröder. "When we talked about it in the team council, it wasn't an issue not to forego salary. That was a really nice sign." Even employees who are not high-earners like the witness keeper take part in the savings measures.

FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF: The third in the Bundesliga wants to counter the financial consequences of the corona crisis with a package of measures. The professionals should also participate in this. A means "is of course also that we approach the licensed players and talk about bonuses and salaries - with a clear concept and ideas that are appropriate and will not overwhelm the players," said CEO Thomas Röttgermann of the "Bild". According to media reports, the waiver should be 20 percent.

WERDER BREMEN: The professionals and managers at Werder have offered the association a voluntary waiver of salary. "The team council approached us proactively," sporting director Frank Baumann said on Monday evening. "We have players who absolutely identify with Werder, the employees and the fans - especially in difficult times. Therefore, everyone can assume that the players, coaching team and management set a good example and support the club and above all the employees."

SC PADERBORN: There are still no concrete measures with regard to the waiver of salary, but it is being discussed. "Of course this is also an issue for us," said defender Luca Kilian, who was infected with the corona virus. "Our team council is currently in discussions with the sports management. I think that shouldn't be a problem."

Source: merkur

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