Bremen (dpa) – In response to the loss of income during the Corona crisis, Bundesliga soccer club Werder Bremen has been building so-called “pandemic clauses” into newly concluded player contracts since this summer.
These clauses are intended to ensure that, in certain cases, wage losses take effect automatically, without first having to negotiate a waiver with the players. “We want and have to secure ourselves for the financial losses that can arise,” said sports director Frank Baumann the Internet portal “Deichstube”. “The aim of the clause is to ensure that the players also do their part in overcoming the financial problems.”
According to a report by Bremen’s “Weser-Kurier”, the “pandemic clause” applies in two cases: Should the Bundesliga season be interrupted again and the Werder home games should continue to take place without spectators. In the first case, the wage losses are greater than in the second.
Similar corona-related contractual clauses already exist in ice hockey, basketball and also at Werder rival FC Schalke 04. Nevertheless, the response in the Bundesliga is divided for the time being. “In the end, everything has to be legally clean,” said Wolfsburg sports director Jörg Schmadtke of the “Deichstube”, because: “Can an employee be held responsible for the outbreak of a pandemic?” The Mainz sports director Rouven Schröder, however, calls such clauses in player contracts “absolutely desirable”.