What was not everything tells at the beginning of the pandemic? Of solidarity, community of abandonment. The numbers, which has now published the association of the 36 clubs from Bundesliga and 2. League in Germany, the German Football League DFL, now give rise to the question of credibility. Because German Beletage paid their professionals in the 2020/21 seasonal season 2020/21 on record level. Despite a massive decline in sales by 546 million euros since the last pre-pandemic season 2018/19, personnel expenses played playing in the same period increased by 135.7 million euros. 1.57 billion euros handed over the PROFIs 2020/21. 120.6 million euros more than 2019/20!

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That the piece for players and consultants became greater, as long as the cake grew overall, it is comprehensible. But that professionals and brokers could further increase their share of a strongly-tilted cake is absurd. How credible was the narratives of salary, as Corona paralyzed the game operation? With the knowledge of today you have to say: that was obviously a marketing instrument, a beautiful story for the public. Not more. The fairy tale of humility is counted!

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At least for the Bundesliga. In the 2nd league, the game readers fell very well, from 261.8 to 219 million euros. This confirms the trend in pan-European football: the scissors between the super-rich and the “normal” club continues to grow, the competition is increasingly cemented. And the football? Do not have to puzzle about poor image values as long as he propagates PR stitches like the publicity-related content of the alleged salary.