Bayern and Dortmund players agree 20% pay cut due to virus outbreak

Players from German Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have agreed to a 20% pay cut during the lockdown and while their matches are suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Bild.

Both clubs held talks on 23rd March to decide how best to cope while the Bundesliga remains postponed.

Dortmund playing staff have accepted a reduction to their wages by as much as 20% as German giant is considering ways to mitigate the economic impact of Covid-19 outbreak in the country. Bild adds that another proposal in Monday’s meeting was to reduce pay by 10% if the league resumes behind closed doors.

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Dortmund boss Lucien Favre, who earns approximately €4.5 million per year, said he would forego a portion of his salary while the Bundesliga is suspended.

Bayern and other clubs to cut wages

Bayern Munchen is also considering a 20% pay cut. Chiefs at the Bavarian club, including Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic, reportedly agreed to the package during talks with leading players such as Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, Joshua Kimmich and Thiago.

Other Bundesliga clubs will likely follow Bayern and Dortmund moves in the coming days.

Due to the lockdown, clubs in Europe are already studying ways to alleviate the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe.

The Spanish football Barcelona is considering a pay cut of up to 70% for all players for as long as the coronavirus lockdown lasts in Spain. Messi and company are understood to be receptive to the reduction. No agreement has been reached yet.

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