Bayern Munich News Latest: Bayern have been charged by the Bavarian custom authorities for breaking the minimum wage rule
On Thursday, Bavarian customs authorities announced that Bayern Munich will have to reimburse more than 200,000 euros (£209,500) for not meeting the minimum wage regulations over a span of five years.
The club is also obligated to settle around 45,000 euros ($48,700) in outstanding social security payments.
The investigation discovered that Bayern had been paying their employees less than they should have from 2016 to 2021.
The Munich customs office released a statement on Thursday stating that Bayern had hired workers, primarily in their youth training center, on contracts with limited hours, but the actual amount of work they were doing was much more than what was stated in the contracts.
“The club did not pay the minimum wage at the youth training centre it operates” the office said in a statement.
In a press release on Thursday, Bayern apologised for the incident, saying “It was never FC Bayern Munich’s intention to withhold employees from their legitimate wages.”
Bayern has stated that it has fully collaborated with the investigation and has implemented measures to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.
“The club has cooperated with the process and the procedure is now closed,” Munich customs spokesman Thomas Meister told German news service SID, an AFP subsidiary.
Bayern Munich, with a yearly revenue surpassing 650 million euros ($700 million), is the biggest sports club in Germany and the third highest-earning football club globally, following Real Madrid and Barcelona.
In the 2022-23 season, Bayern Munich’s men’s team secured their 11th consecutive Bundesliga title, while their female team also achieved success by winning two out of the last three Frauen Bundesliga titles.