German club Borussia Monchengladbach footballers have offered to let of of their wages for the current season in wake of the financial turmoil triggered by the global spread of coronavirus. Also Read - Coronavirus: India Reports 508 COVID-19 Positive Cases, 13 Deaths in Past 24 Hours | 10 Points
Gladbach is the first professional club from Germany to have made such offer. Also Read - Aamir Khan Donates to PM CARES Fund, Maharashtra Relief Fund And Wage Workers of Laal Singh Chhadha For COVID-19 Fight
“The team has offered to forego salaries if it can help the club and its employees,” Gladbach managing director Stephan Schippers said. “The goal is for Borussia Monchengladbach to survive this corona crisis. The goal is to do this without having to give notice of termination. To do this, we will all have to work hard together and we cannot rule out that this will also include measures being taken by affected companies throughout Germany, for example the use of short-time work.” Also Read - No Travel Due to COVID-19? Visit Museums World Over From The Comfort of Your Home
The German Football League has already warned that coronavirus pandemic may affect thousands of jobs, impacting broadcast, sponsorship, gate receipts among others.
“I didn’t have to explain much. The players know what’s going on. It’s their job, they have already informed themselves and thought about what they could do,” Shcippers said.
As per German media, the decision of the players including the likes of captain Lars Stindl, forward Alassane Plea and goalkeeper Yann Sommer will help Gladbach save around one million euros.
German national team has already vowed to donate 2.5 million euros to fight the coronavirus crisis in the country.
As per BBC, around 56,000 people are employed in German football industry.
Professional football clubs in Germany are set to suffer losses after the suspension of leagues indefinitely after the coronavirus outbreak.