Bayern Munich squad accept 20 percent pay cut

Bayern Munich squad accept 20 percent pay cut

One was a 20 percent wage reduction for players if matches don't resume, whilst the alternative was a 10 percent reduction if the season is completed behind closed doors.

Bayern Munich and Germany captain Manuel Neuer has pointed out that modern day footballers form part of a privileged group within society which is why they should not hesitate to accept cutbacks to ease the pressure on others who are less fortunate - and especially now during the coronavirus crisis. "As a team, we want to help them and give them security with this gesture", the keeper continued.

The four Bundesliga sides that qualified for this season's Uefa Champions League have created a €20 million (US$21.8 million) solidarity fund to support clubs in German soccer's top flight and second-tier 2.

The German Football League (DFL) will decide how the money will be distributed.

"In these hard times, it's important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders", said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of Bayern, on Thursday.

Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen players are in talks over pay cut proposals with management. "And naturally we are prepared to help out other professional football clubs if it is ultimately a matter of cushioning the financial effects of the pandemic", Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said. "The DFL Presidium is very grateful to the four Champions League participants in terms of the community of all clubs".

The DFL suspended Germany's top 2 football leagues about two weeks ago due to the outbreak and spreading of the new coronavirus in the country.

"Leeds United can confirm that the players, coaching staff and senior management team have volunteered to take a wage deferral for the foreseeable future to ensure that all non-football staff at Elland Road and Thorp Arch (training ground) can be paid and the integrity of the business can be maintained during these uncertain times", Leeds said in a statement.



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