Coronavirus crisis: criticism of bvb boss watzke increases

Coronavirus crisis: criticism of bvb boss watzke increases

Criticism of borussia dortmund’s managing director hans-joachim watzke for his statements on dealing with the corona virus does not rub off.

In thomas rottgermann and helge leonhardt, club bosses from the first and second divisions accused the BVB boss of an unsuitable and unsolidary attitude in the situation. "I don’t know what drove him to say that. I think this is absolutely unsolidaric. It was neither the right time nor the right content," fortuna dusseldorf’s chairman of the board rottgermann told the "rheinische post.

"I think completely differently, because i was brought up differently and have already experienced three major crises in the last 20 years and have social responsibility for many people. And it wasn’t about fubballers who are multimillionaires," the club boss of second-league club erzgebirge aue, leonhardt, told the "leipziger volkszeitung" newspaper.

Watzke caused irritation with an appearance on ARD’s "sportschau" and rejected financial aid for smaller clubs. "And honestly we are also competitors. And you have to balance very carefully what is still competition and what is no longer competition," watzke said. "In the end, the clubs that have built up a bit of a cushion over the past few years cannot in principle reward the clubs that have not done the same."

Due to the spread of the new coronavirus, fubball operations are currently on pause, and not only in germany. Many clubs see their existence threatened by the loss of income. Watzke had recently ruled out a serious threat to BVB. However, the dortmund share is currently coming under considerable pressure on the stock market. Compared to the highs of february, the value of the BVB share has almost halved. The profit forecast for the 2019/2020 fiscal year in the low single-digit million range drew borussia dortmund gmbh& co. Kgaa meanwhile back. An existential threat to the company is currently not given.