Coronavirus could bankrupt German FA, warns treasurer

DORTMUND, GERMANY - MAY 16: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund (C) and teammates celebrate following the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 at Signal Iduna Park on May 16, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. The Bundesliga and Second Bundesliga is the first professional league to resume the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All matches until the end of the season will be played behind closed doors. (Photo by Martin Meissner/Pool via Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY - MAY 16: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund (C) and teammates celebrate following the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 at Signal Iduna Park on May 16, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. The Bundesliga and Second Bundesliga is the first professional league to resume the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All matches until the end of the season will be played behind closed doors. (Photo by Martin Meissner/Pool via Getty Images)
Martin Meissner

The coronavirus crisis could "potentially threaten" the existence of the German Football Association (DFB), its treasurer Stephan Osnabruegge warned Monday.

"The DFB is in the deepest economic crisis of the recent past," said Osnabruegge at the German FA's virtual extraordinary meeting.

He said "far-reaching cuts" must be made to avoid a worst-case scenario, which would see the DFB receiving €96.5 million ($105.1 million) less than planned this year, resulting in a forecasted loss of €77 million.

All but €13.8 million of that figure would be covered by the governing body's financial reserves.

However, the DFB would then be expected to avoid bankruptcy due to the equity capital it has available.

The German FA is eager to avoid laying off jobs, but some staff have been put on reduced hours since 1 May.

Planned wage increases have been suspended and the German FA's management has agreed to reduced salaries of between 10 and 30 percent.

According to 2019 figures, the German FA has 7.1 million members, with 149,735 registered teams playing in 24,544 clubs.

It is the biggest sports body in Germany.

While professional football was allowed to resume in the Bundesliga 10 days ago, the lower leagues were halted in early March due to the virus outbreak.

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