In a show of solidarity with other Bundesliga clubs, Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and RB Leipzig will make available €20 million to help support Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs that have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The four clubs, who each occupy a Champions League spot in the current season, will forgo their shares of the DFL's national media revenue for the upcoming season, which is yet to be distributed. In addition to the amount of media revenue, which currently would total nearly €12.5 million, all four clubs will contribute a supplemental €7.5 million of their own.
The DFL's presidential board will determine the criteria regulating how the €20 million will be distributed.
+++ Update 23.04.2020 +++
Today, the DFL presidential board made a first decision regarding distrubuting some of the solidarity fund. €7.5 million will be used to support clubs from the 3. Liga and the Women's Bundesliga.
Reserve teams and women's teams of club's in the Bundesliga are excluded. That means that 19 clubs from the 3. Liga and six from the Women's Bundesliga will receive the financial support.
The payments are expressly not tied to any further conditions.
Christian Seifert, speaker of the DFL presidential board:
"This decision proves that solidarity in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 is more than just talk. On behalf of all clubs, the DFL's presidential board is extremely grateful to all four Champions League clubs."
Oliver Mintzlaff, CEO of RB Leipzig:
- "Through productive and constructive discussions with Bayern, Dortmund and Leverkusen we arrived at the conclusion that despite it being a difficult time for every club, we wanted to do our part to help those clubs that have been and will be more severely impacted by this crisis. The Bundesliga is a world-class league and is made up of a diverse 36 clubs, who need to stick together in times of crisis.
In times like this, we all have different responsibilities. On the one hand, we need to make sure that we don't have to conduct any lay-offs while also ensuring the stability of the club. At the same time, we also want to ensure the survival of the Bundesliga and show solidarity where possible.
We also want to meet the social responsibilities we have within the city and the region. We need to continue to support these areas, which is what we are doing."