Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
says that soccer players are part of a privileged group in German society, which is why they should accept pay cuts to help others in the time of
Bayern Munich players and the club's coaching staff agreed to take a 20 percent cut in pay to help other employees at the club keep their jobs.
footballers belong to a very privileged group, so it's only natural that we should be willing to take a cut in pay when necessary," Neuer said. "Bayern employs over a thousand people, all of whom do
an important job. As a team, we want to help them and give them security with this gesture."
Borussia Dortmund players also agreed to take temporary pay cuts while the players at Union
Berlin went one step further and agreed to go without pay.
"The first-team football department has agreed to waive their salaries," the club said in a statement on Wednesday. "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."
Union Berlin is one of the great success stories in German soccer, dropping went into the third tier following German reunification and being promoted
to the Bundesliga for the first time last season.
“Our club’s purpose is football," Union Berlin president Dirk Zingler
said. "If it ceases to exist, then it will touch
the core of our existence. The management, our staff, the squad and backroom staff have worked hard in recent months to ensure success in the Bundesliga. Now they are giving up a lot of money to get
through this crisis together.”
Wolfsburg became the first team to regroup, organizing mini-training sessions on Monday.
Germany has reported more than 30,000 cases of
the coronavirus, but it has had one of the lowest mortality rates so far: 0.4 percent. There are various reasons for Germany's relative success in dealing with the pandemic, among them early testing
of those with no or mild symptoms and the tracking and tracing of their contacts before the virus could spread.