Players and backroom staff of German Bundesliga Club, Borussia Dortmund, have agreed to wave some parts of their salaries to support the club in this period where the dreaded coronavirus has been ravaging the country, putting almost everything on hold.
“This is a valuable sign of solidarity,” club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said.
Just like in every other country, the outbreak of the deadly virus which is also known as COVID-19 has put an end to all sporting activities due to the high risk of a person to person transmission of the disease.
Borussia Dortmund joined another
German Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich whose players and backroom staff also took a 20% pay cut in solidarity with their clubs that are on the losing side in terms of returns on investment since the pandemic hit the country.
Both clubs announced that they agreed to take the pay cut in order to help other employees at the club financially in the ongoing lockdown across the country.
Recall that the first club in the German Bundesliga to accept such a pay cut over the coronavirus outbreak was Borussia Monchengladbach’s players.
Union Berlin football club
Also, 11th placed Union Berlin’s players in the Bundesliga, have agreed to go totally without their wages to cushion the effect of the financial struggle the club has been subjected to since the league was put on hold.
“The first-team football department has agreed to waive their salaries. The club’s managers and employees have also agreed to part-time working arrangements, which will also result in salary cuts. At the same time, we are pulling together to prepare for a full-time resumption of Bundesliga operations at any time”, the statement from Union Berlin said.
The struggle of Clubs’ owners in Germany
Footballing action in the German Bundesliga has been put on hold since March 8, 2020, due to the widespread of the virus across the country.
Since then, clubs’ owners in the league have been very outspoken about the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis with the German league’s CEO, Christian Seifert, saying that 56,000 jobs in the football business are at stake following the suspension of the league.
Seifert noted that more than half of the 36 clubs making up the two upper tiers of Germany were under existential threat and the total loss if the season were to be cancelled altogether, could add up to a total of €750 million for all clubs.
Meanwhile, as of Wednesday, March 26, 2020, the coronavirus has infected 31,554 people within Germany and has ended the lives of 149 people across the country.