Munich (dpa) – Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are donating 460,000 euros (504,000 dollars) to amateur football and amateur sports in general in their home state of Bavaria.
Bayern said on Friday that the money is to help clubs cope with the financial hits they have taken in the coronavirus crisis.
The sum comes from Bayern fans who did not ask for ticket refunds for home games that will now take place behind closed doors.
Each of the 18 Bavarian fourth-tier regional league clubs will receive 20,000 euros, and the federal Bavarian sports association 100,000 euros.
“The Bavarian sports association makes an enormous contribution to society, and we want to help here too,” said Karl Hopfner, CEO of Bayern’s relief organization Hilfe eV.
Deputy Uli Hoeness, the former Bayern president, said Bayern “can act from a position of strength” and show its solidarity in different ways.
“Now is not the time to just look at yourself. We need optimism and solidarity in our society,” Hoeness said.