Stars from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach have banded together to help the club's employees during the coronavirus outbreak, with players and coaching staff taking the selfless steps of sacrificing part of their salary to help.
Germany's domestic campaign has been rocked by the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in recent weeks, with the nation following the global trend of suspending all football-related activities until further notice.
According to the BBC, football provides direct and indirect employment to about 56 000 people in Germany, who now face an anxious wait to see how the industry reacts to the changes brought about by the virus.
Gladbach's players and members of the coaching staff have been proactive in their attempts to protect those at the club who have been left vulnerable, however, after it was revealed that they had offered to sacrifice part of their salary to help the club and its employees survive.
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"The team has offered to forgo salary if it can help the club and the employees," Gladbach's managing director Stephan Schippers revealed.
"The goal is for Borussia Monchengladbach to survive this corona crisis. The goal is to do this without having to give notice of termination.
"To do this, we will all have to work hard together and we cannot rule out that this will also include measures being taken by affected companies throughout Germany, for example the use of short-time work."
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