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No bonuses at Bayern Munich this season

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Because of the coronavirus, the normal bonuses will not be distributed as usual.

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It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, but per a new report from Bild+, Bayern Munich will not distribute bonuses this year as a result of the financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic.

Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Vice Chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen have made the decision not to pay out profit sharing to the club’s employees. It’s expected that the club’s profits from this season won’t be anywhere near what was projected, even if they go on and win the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League. The coronavirus shutdown has caused too much of a financial hole for Bayern to pay bonuses, and the club moreover donated its Champions League television money to a collective pot to be used by the DFL along with the other Bundesliga clubs in the competition.

At this juncture, the decision isn’t technically final from Bayern’s executive board, but it’s suggested that Rummenigge and Dreesen’s view on the matter will not face serious objections. The board is waiting to see the final financial numbers from the season before they go forward with the motion not to give out bonuses. There’s a mutual understanding that will take place for everyone at the club.

Ordinarily, everyone is paid a monthly salary at the club, which is then adjusted according to the financial successes of FC Bayern München AG — not strictly according to titles won. Even the salary cuts by the players have not been enough to compensate. The good news, though, is that no one has been laid off or seen their hours reduced at Bayern Munich.