While English football considers wage deferrals, a string of German clubs waives player and management salaries

2 April 2020

Photo: PA Images Leipzig said their professional players had foregone a double-digit percentage of their salaries.

RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim, Hertha Berlin and Mainz follow other German clubs which have committed to temporary wage reductions.

The EFL, Premier League, PFA and LMA met Wednesday to discuss player wages but failed to make any decision on the matter.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

The players and management teams of a series of German clubs have voluntarily accepted temporary wage reductions to offset the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, in signs of solidarity apparently not supported by a majority in English football.

There is increasing pressure from civil and political society on football clubs to issue temporary salary cuts of their highly paid athletes and executives in order to ease the economic consequences of the crisis and support those less well-off. 

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