May 19, 2020 / 12:46 PM / 8 days ago

Young Boys players agree to temporary wage cut

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Group G - BSC Young Boys v FC Porto - Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland - November 28, 2019 Young Boys' David von Ballmoos applauds fans after the match with teammates REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

BERN (Reuters) - The players, coaching staff and management at Swiss champions Young Boys Bern have agreed to temporary wage cuts to help the club balance the books and pay its 140 support staff during the COVID-19 stoppage.

“It is natural for the team to show solidarity with the club and the employees in these times,” team captain Fabian Lustenberger said in a statement on the club’s website. “We also want to show that we can only overcome the crisis together.”

The club did not give details on the amount that the players had agreed to do without.

The government has authorised the league to re-start on June 8, however the Swiss Football League has said that it would wait until May 29 to make a decision.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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