Mainz chairman calls for "change in the football system" after coronavirus

29 April 2020

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Photo: PA Images Chairman of the Mainz 05, Stefan Hofmann, says there is a need for more solidarity and sustainability in football.

Chairman of the German club, Stefan Hofmann, says there is a need for more solidarity and sustainability in football.

Without serious saving measures including salary waivers, the club would have been threatened by bankruptcy.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

The financial pressure caused by the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for increased solidarity and sustainability in football, according to the chairman of Mainz 05, Stefan Hofmann, who says the club have been "literally overrun" by the crisis.

His comments echo those of Christian Seifert, the chief executive of the German Football League (DFL), who earlier this week indicated he was in favour of implementing a wage cap in football in a bid to increase the future sustainability of the game.

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