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Bayern Munich, Dortmund players taking pay cuts during coronavirus hiatus

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Players at Bayern Munich, Dortmund and other Bundesliga clubs are taking pay cuts during the league’s hiatus in an effort to help other employees at their clubs.

“This is a valuable sign of solidarity,” Borussia Dortmund club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said in a statement yesterday. 

Bayern Munich players are expected to take a 20% pay cut, while Dortmund players will “waive part of their salaries.” Per the BBC, last week, Borussia Monchengladbach’s players were the first in the Bundesliga to forgo wages. Players at Werder Bremen and Schalke have also followed suit. 

“Tens of thousands of jobs are at stake,” Christian Seifert, the league’s chief executive, said last week. “We’ve reached a point where Bundesliga has to admit: ‘Yes, we are manufacturing a product and if we no longer manufacture it then we cease to exist.’

“It’s not only about the stars. More is at stake than just a few matches.”

The top two divisions in German soccer have been suspended until April 2 due to the pandemic and Seifert previously said that there could be further cancellations as well. 

Bayern Munich star striker Robert Lewandowski announced this past weekend that he and his wife were donating one million euros to the fight against the disease.

“Today we’re all playing on the same team. We need to be strong in this fight. If we can help someone, let’s do it. The situation affects all of us so we ask you to follow instructions and listen to those who know best,” Lewandowksi told the German publication, Sport Bild.

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