Bundesliga clubs take pay cut amid COVID-19 pandemic

Paola Ditto
Marzo 27, 2020

For example in Scotland, where clubs rely heavily on gate receipts, the situation is "clearly unsustainable".

Christian Seifert, spokesman for the DFL Presidium, added: "This campaign underlines that solidarity in the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga is not a lip service".

It has been nearly two weeks since major football leagues across Europe came to a halt.

The sums set to be lost everywhere are eye-watering.

In England, according to reports, the Premier League could lose £762 million from domestic broadcast deals with Sky Sports and BT Sport.

It is therefore not hard to see why leagues will consider restarting behind closed doors, to at least guarantee revenue from broadcasters.

In France, several clubs, including Marseille and Lyon, have put their players on partial unemployment to save money. They are mulling over a pay cut of up to 70 per cent for their players. The state pays the rest, albeit limited to €4,850 per employee, a drop in the ocean for most footballers.

Borussia Mönchengladbach's players and coaching staff became the first in Germany to accept pay cuts during the coronavirus crisis this month, and players at Union Berlin have agreed to go without their wages.

Bayern Munich, Red Bull Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen - which competed in the Champions League this season - are pledging the funds to Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs, the German Football League (DFL) announced on Thursday.

La Liga is considering reducing players' salaries on the whole by 20% if the season is not completed.

The biggest uncertainty, though, surrounds when matches might be played again.

However, if the shutdown continues until August or later, the financial impact could mean the footballing landscape across the continent is changed forever.

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