The players, trainers and directors of Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim decided on Wednesday to hand in part of their salary now that the Bundesliga has come to a halt due to the corona pandemic.
The Bayer Leverkusen of trainer Peter Bosz and player Daley Sinkgraven does not disclose how much the employees will hand in, but that everyone unanimously agreed to the proposal.
"We like to contribute as players, so that no Bayer employee has to worry," said captain Lars Bender, who finished another training session with his teammates on Wednesday after two weeks. The players were only allowed to be in pairs.
At the Hoffenheim of trainer Alfred Schreuder, the players, coaches and management will temporarily waive their salary. Some of that money will go into an emergency fund set up by owner Dietmar Hopp's club to help the Rhine-Neckar region.
"In recent years, we have enjoyed a number of privileges due to our sporting success," said captain Benjamin Hübner on his club's site. "Now is the time to give something back."
Previously, players from Borussia Dortmund, Union Berlin, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Werder Bremen and 1. FSV Mainz, among others, have temporarily settled for less money. In any case, the Bundesliga will stand still until May.
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