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Coronavirus: Union Berlin squad & backroom staff waive salaries amid global pandemic

11:59 PM GMT+8 25/03/2020
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The newly promoted side are in the top tier for the first time in their history and are doing everything they can to help ensure they stay there

Union Berlin have announced their first-team squad and backroom staff have agreed to waive their salaries to help the club during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Bundesliga side - who are playing in the top flight for the first time this season - are counting the cost of not playing games, with the domestic season in Germany suspended since March 13 due to Covid-19.

Other staff members have also agreed to take pay cuts as all at the club pull together during the crisis, with the campaign not set to resume until May at the earliest.

The German Football League (DFL) confirmed on Tuesday that the suspension in the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga will be extended to April 30.

"These are exceptional circumstances we have to deal with," said Union president Dirk Zingler in a statement. "Our club's purpose is football. If it ceases to exist, then it will touch the core of our existence.

"The management, our staff, the squad and backroom staff have worked hard in recent months to ensure success in the Bundesliga. Now they are giving up a lot of money to get through this crisis together.

"This willingness cannot be credited highly enough to everyone involved. On behalf of the club's entire management, I would like to thank them for their support.

"As a club, we'll conquer the challenges ahead and this will best happen, if we work together as the Union family."

Union are on track to retain their Bundesliga status for another year - they sit 11th in the table, collecting 30 points from 25 games.

Elsewhere in Germany, Borussia Monchengladbach players have also offered to give up their wages amid the crisis, with sporting director Max Eberl revealing that the team had already thought about it before he spoke to them.

“I didn't have to explain much [to the players],” Eberl said in an interview with the club's official website. 

“The players know what's going on. It's their job, they have already informed themselves and thought about it. 

“The team has offered to forego salary if it can help the club and its employees.”