'Privileged' German stars accept pay cuts during layoff

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 crisis.

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.

"As professionals, 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.
1 comment about "'Privileged' German stars accept pay cuts during layoff".
  1. Bob Ashpole, March 25, 2020 at 10:41 p.m.

    Great article, Paul. Thank you.

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