English Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund players take 25 percent pay cut

Borussia Dortmund players have taken a 25 per cent pay cut to ease the financial pressure on the club’s 850 employees during coronavirus crisis.

Coach Lucien Favre and club directors have also made a personal offer to take a pay cut.

“This is a valuable sign of solidarity,” club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said.

“Borussia Dortmund will save tens of millions in total which will help the protect BVB as one of the city of Dortmund’s biggest employers amid the coronavirus crisis,” the club said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the three leading Dortmund ultras group have offered their services up to 15 requests in their spare time run errands as well as shop for food at the supermarket or medication at the pharmacy.

Last weekend, Dortmund supporters got together as the club organised a digital match day enabling pubs, currywurst places and kebab shops on the way to the stadium to collect donations with the hashtag #BorussiaVerbindet, or “Borussia unites. ”

Over €70,000 was raised for a total of 86 locations around the city of Dortmund.