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Waiver of salary? This is how things stand at FC Bayern, BVB, Schalke, Gladbach and Co.


Borussia Mönchengladbach has made the start, and numerous Bundesliga clubs have followed suit: many clubs have since given up players, coaches and leading employees because of the financial consequences of the coronavirus crisis on part of their salary. An overview:

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" Employees of the German record champions are avoided. 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 336.2 million euros, and BVB said it saved a double-digit million amount thanks to the willingness of the professionals to forego part of their salary. This sum will "help to protect and protect BVB as one of Dortmund's largest employers during the Corona crisis," the table's second statement said. "The club's managers 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". National player Marcel Halstenberg supports a relief effort by colleagues in the Corona crisis – and would also be ready to take further steps. "Sure, I would waive my salary to support employees of the club if there is such a severe crisis," said defender "bild.de". The RB professional said he would help Leon Goretzka and Support Joshua Kimmich #WeKickCorona with a donation. His teammate Lukas Klostermann also supports the campaign.BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACHSport Director Max Eberl is pleased about the willingness of the professional team to forego salary if it can help the club and the staff with it. "I am very proud of the boys," said Eberl. He took this step as a clear signal and then joined: "We stand together for Borussia, in good and bad times. They want to give something back to Borussia and thus to everything the fans who support us. The coaching staff has joined in, just like our directors and managing directors. "Especially after the bad annual balance in 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, according to Rudi Völler, Managing Director of Sport, players 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 this also applies to those responsible," said Völler of "Bild" 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: At SC Freiburg, no decision has yet been made about the professionals' waiver of salary. This point is under discussion internally, said a spokesman for the club. 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 club, players and patrons Dietmar Hopp participate in a TSG aid fund, and according to managing director Alexander Wehrle, the Cologne-based 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". The professionals of 1. FC Union Berlin, like the coaching team and employees, waived 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 a club and the best way to do this is to show solidarity in the Union family." The team from the license player department agreed to forego a salary. Executives and employees agreed to short-time working regulations, which also means reduced earnings. 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." The topic of waiver is also being 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 a club and community can come through this crisis together." The club is taking several financial measures as part 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, and no specific decisions have yet been made on the subject. 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. From the athletic leadership to the professionals to the coaches and supervisors, everyone in the club 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 was not an issue not to forego salary. That was a really nice sign." Even employees who are not big earners like the witness keeper take part in the austerity measures. The Bundesliga third last wants it 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 "Bild". According to media reports, the waiver is said to be 20 percent. Werder's professionals and managers have offered the club a voluntary waiver. "The team council approached us proactively," said sporting director Frank Baumann 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 players, the coaching team and the management set a good example and support the club and, above all, the employees. "There are no concrete measures to be taken with regard to the waiver of salary, but it will be 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."

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