English Bundesliga

[VIDEO] Top 4 Bundesliga donated 20 million euros to support struggling German clubs

The top four Bundesliga clubs this season has contributed 20 million euros to support other Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs who faced financial problem due to coronavirus.

The four UEFA Champions League participants: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen from this season will initially contribute their share of the as-yet undistributed national media revenue of the DFL in the coming season.

This amount, which would amount to around 12.5 million euros using the current distribution matrix, will be increased by the four clubs by around 7.5 million euros from their own resources.

This comes after players and directors at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund agreed to take 20 to 25 percent of pay cuts to save the club.

“We want to send a signal of solidarity to all clubs in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2,” Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

“In these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders. With this, we also want to show that football is standing together right now.”

Dortmund chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke said clubs that have greater financial capabilities should be responsible to help others in difficult times.

“We have always said that we would show solidarity if clubs, through no fault of their own, should run into difficulties that they can no longer overcome themselves,”

“Borussia Dortmund is currently having a major impact on society through a wide range of initiatives. And naturally we are prepared to help out other professional football clubs if it is ultimately a matter of cushioning the financial effects of the pandemic.”

The German Football League (DFL) will decide on the criteria for the distribution of the 20 million euros.

“This campaign underlines that solidarity in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 is not lip service,” explained Christian Seifert, spokesman for the DFL Presidium.

“The DFL Presidium is very grateful to the four Champions League participants in terms of the community of all clubs.”