After Bundesliga clubs, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund announced 20% wage cuts, Bournemouth captain Simon Francis is asking Premier League clubs to follow their example.
With the Bundesliga currently suspended, the highly paid players and directors of the clubs like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are taking the 20% wage cuts so that the club’s employee continues to get financial assistance during Germany’s troubling times.
Other Bundesliga clubs and players have already begun offering their support not only to the employees but to the public at large.
The Bournemouth captain Simon Francis told the Times:
“I think the longer this pandemic affects us, the more likely it is that the Premier League will have to look at how to help keep football in this country alive,”
“Barnet have already put their staff on notice of redundancy. In Scotland, Hearts have asked their players to take a 50 per cent pay cut.”
Premier League legend Gary Neville has already offered up two of his hotels to for NHS staff to use as they provide assistance to those in need.
Bayern Munich players have already raised and donated millions of Euros on their own. Robert Lewandowski along with his wife made a personal donation of one million Euros, whilst Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich have also contributed up to one million Euro towards the We Kick Corona fund that they set up together.
With almost a quarter of the world under lockdown, many will be in need of financial assistance to get them through these trying times where they are unable to work.
Germany has recorded 35,353 positive cases of COVID-19 and 181 deaths so far making it Europe’s third worst-hit country after Italy and Spain.
After the Bundesliga was suspended after 8 March, it was recently announced that there was no prospect of it resuming before May. Germany has yet to order a full lockdown but has implemented strict social distancing measures to help curb the levels of transmission.