Union Berlin Players ‘Waive Their Salaries’

DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 01: Union Berlin fans during the game between Borussia Dortmund and the 1 FC Union Berlin on february 1, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by City-Press via Getty Images)

Players at Union Berlin have agreed to go without wages during the coronavirus pandemic. They are the second Bundesliga club to take action following the outbreak.

Union Berlin Players ‘Waive Their Salaries’

Berlin Follow Bayern

Yesterday, players at Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich agreed to take a wage cut and now, the newly-promoted side have also got involved.

Die Eisernen, who are in their first-ever Bundesliga season, have made the decision feeling it is the best thing for the club.

The entire first-team department have waived their salaries, while backroom staff, management and employees have agreed to short term working arrangements alongside a pay cut.

Club Statement

A club statement read: “The club’s managers and employees have also agreed to part-time working arrangements, which will also result in salary cuts.

“At the same time, we are pulling together to prepare for a full-time resumption of Bundesliga operations at any time.”

Club president Dirk Zingler said: “Our club’s purpose is football. If it ceases to exist, then it will touch the core of our existence.

“The management, our staff, the squad and backroom staff have worked hard in recent months to ensure success in the Bundesliga. Now they are giving up a lot of money to get through this crisis together.”

Union on the Field

It’s been an exciting season for Union Berlin. Not only is their first-ever season in the top flight of German football, but they have also exceeded expectations.

Die Eisernen have seen off top teams Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach, in addition to pushing Bayern to a narrow defeat in their own back yard.

Home form has been important for the club, but before the pandemic broke, Union saw a steady improvement in their displays and results on the road.

A Club With the Fans Interests at Heart

Union Berlin, at times, are a club like no other. In previous years, with the club in financial difficulties and struggling in the lower leagues, supporters donated blood and contributed the money for doing so back into the club. The fans also helped rebuild the stadium when the club was unable to fund the movement.

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