Rangers' Euro rivals Leverkusen donate to £20m German solidarity pledge
Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

Rangers' Euro rivals Leverkusen donate to £20m German solidarity pledge

Four German clubs including Rangers’ euro rivals Bayer Leverkusen have pledged a €20m support package to the rest of the teams in the country.

The unprecedented step from Champions League participants Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig helps ensure the short-term security of the nation’s football clubs.

It is a progressive showing of solidarity which will ensure clubs in the top two tiers of German football have access to support during the enforced footballing shutdown.

German clubs have come together to support each other through the crisis. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The top two German football divisions were scheduled to resume in early April but this is expected to be suspended until at least the 30th of next month [Guardian].

The package involves all four clubs forgoing their share of national media revenue (€12.5m) and adding a further €7.5m each.

The criteria for accessing the money will be spelled out by the DFL management committee.

Bayer Leverkusen chairman Fernando Carro welcomed the move.

“The survival of several clubs is under threat. We feel compelled to make a contribution to the club community,” said Carro [Leverkusen].

“At the end of the day, everybody involved shares an interest in maintaining the stability of the league structures.

“Only then can the Bundesliga and second division be in a position to guarantee the charisma and attraction in the future that we’ve all benefited from in the past.”

The move comes after Bayern Munich and Dortmund announced wage cuts [BBC Sport], with Borussia Mönchengladbach and Union Berlin also agreeing wage cuts.

Rangers were defeated 3-1 by Leverkusen in the first-leg Europa League round of 16 tie at Ibrox. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Rangers currently trail 3-1 from the first leg of the Ibrox club’s last 32 Europa League tie with Bayer Leverkusen.

Kai Havertz, Charles Aránguiz and Leon Bailey scored for Leverkusen whilst George Edmundson scored for Rangers.