Stuttgart – The financial repercussions of the Corona crisis also hit the top referees from the top football area hard.
“As a rule, a Bundesliga referee can work a maximum of one to two days a week. And the top-level people who also whistle internationally can sometimes no longer pursue any other profession, »said former Bundesliga referee Knut Kircher of the German Press Agency. “Few of them have a flexible agreement with their employer that they can now work more wherever they have more time. Sometimes there are families and financing behind it. »
For a game in the Bundesliga, a referee receives an allowance of 5,000 euros. If he whistles game in the European Cup, he also lacks this income because there is no play. “In the professional field, it is already the case that a large part of the income is lost,” says DFB Vice President Ronny Zimmermann, who is responsible for referees.
However, the referees also receive a fixed figure in the five-digit range per season, which has been paid to them. For a German FIFA referee, for example, who also whistles internationally, this fixed amount is around 80,000 euros.