There is a economic crisis global and the soccer industry has been hit hard by the global pandemic of coronavirus. All European clubs, even the biggest ones like FC Barcelona, are looking for ways to alleviate financial problems. In this context, in Germany have already launched a initiative led by the four largest clubs in the country.
The FC Bayern München, the Borussia Dortmund, the RB Leipzig and the Bayer 04 Leverkusen they will contribute a total of 20 million euros (USD 22 million) to the German Football League (DFL), as part of a solidarity campaign that aims to support the rest of the teams that make up the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga, that is, the first and second divisions of German football.
These are the four clubs that have played the UEFA champions league the current season – Bayern and Leipzig are still in the running – and they are in principle going to give up their share of the national media revenue for next season. This is roughly equivalent to 12.5 million euros and the 7.5 million remaining will come out of their own resources.
"This campaign highlights that solidarity in the Bundesliga and in the 2. Bundesliga is not just about words. The DFL, representing all clubs, is very grateful to the four participating teams in the UEFA Champions League, Explained Christian Seifert, spokesman for the DFL, as reported by the website of the Bundesliga in Spanish.
This measure that has as protagonists the Bayern, BVB, Leipzig and Leverkusen joins several episodes of this nature that show the most supportive side of football in Germany.
At Bayern, players and managers will reduce their salaries by 20% to face the crisis caused by the coronavirus. Manuel Neuer, captain the Bavarian cast, agreed on behalf of the entire squad: "Footballers are a particularly privileged professional group, so it is evident that we must accept a cut in wages when necessary."
His companions Joshua Kimmich Y Leon Goretzka have decided to also launch a campaign called "We kick Corona" ('We kicked the coronavirus') with a initial contribution of one million euros for social and charitable institutions. In the first 48 hours they reached three million euros and they hope to continue raising.
In addition, in some equipment, such as 1. FC Union Berlin –Equipment recently promoted this season for the first time– and Borussia MönchengladbachThe players have already voluntarily given up on collecting their salaries.
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