'Self-evident' players should cut pay, says Bayern captain Neuer
MUNICH – Captain Manuel Neuer has said it is natural players should accept pay cuts during the coronavirus crisis after the Bayern Munich squad agreed reductions in salary.
"We footballers are an especially privileged professional group, for whom it is self-evident to take a financial cut when there is a need," Neuer told the tz and Muenchner Merkur papers on Wednesday.
"Bayern have around 1,000 staff and many more around the club who carry out important tasks. We wanted to help them as a team with the move and offer them security," the 33-year-old Neuer said.
The players' council around Neuer came to an agreement with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, sport director Hasan Salihamidzic and advisory board member Oliver Kahn that the squad and leading officials would take a 20 per cent cut.
This would enable Bayern to avoid placing other staff on restricted hours and cutting their wages.
Neuer and colleagues in the German national team had already announced a 2.5 million euro donation to social causes amid the crisis, a decision he said was "not at all difficult."
The Germany captain, however, added it "shouldn't be forgotten" many leading sports people help socially even outside crisis times. He himself has a foundation to support underprivileged children.dpa