Borussia Monchengladbach’s players are foregoing their wages during the coronavirus suspension in order to help the club’s staff.
Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players have inspired the clubs’ coaches, directors, and CEOs to join the effort.
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“The players know what’s going on,” Eberl said in a Q&A on Gladbach’s site. “It’s their job, they have already informed themselves and thought about what they could do. The team has offered to forgo salary if it can help the club and its employees.
I am very proud of the boys. It’s a clear signal that we stand together for Borussia, in good times and in bad. They want to give something back to the club and therefore also to all the fans who support us. The coaching staff have followed suit, as have our directors and CEOs.
Eberl played for Gladbach from 1999-2005 as part of a 14-year playing career also spent with Greuther Furth, VfL Bochum, and Bayern Munich.
Cheers to Die Fohlen, who are showing their strong season has more than a little off-field character behind it.
More coronavirus connections to soccer:
- The USL extends its temporary suspension through CDC recommended dates.
- Chelsea, Gary Neville offer free hotels to NHS medical staff, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic starts fundraising page for Italian intensive care units.
- FIFA released a statement on coronavirus.
- EURO 2020 postponed to the summer of 2021.
- Juventus confirm that World Cup-winning midfielder Blaise Matuidi has joined defender Daniele Rugani in testing positive for coronavirus.
- Players know COVID-19 will have big affect on transfer market.
- Manager Frank Lampard says Hudson-Odoi is nearly back to his usual self.
- England’s FA considering bailouts for smaller clubs hit by coronavirus.
- Mason Mount breaks self-isolation and ‘reminded of responsibilities’ by Chelsea.
- The Premier League has postponed play through at least April 3. Aston Villa’s chief executive called it “a very good decision” while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said we must “protect each other.”
- CONCACAF has suspended play for a month, while UEFA postponed all fixtures next week ahead of a meeting to discuss plans for both club and international European competitions including the Champions League and Europa League.
- MLS announced its 2020 season is suspended for at least 30 days.
- Serie A is considering alternative ways to conclude its scudetto and relegation races, including playoffs or the non-awarding of a champion.