The association confirms this in a message. For years, the billionaire was the strong man in the club from Gelsenkirchen. After a corona outbreak in his meat factories, several fan organizations called for his withdrawal.
Clemens Tönnies resigns as chairman of the supervisory board of the Bundesliga soccer club FC Schalke 04. The club confirmed this in a message on Tuesday. First she had image– newspaper reported about it. The 64-year-old had recently come under massive criticism after corona cases in his meat company. Schalke plans to announce at a later date who will succeed the supervisory board. Tönnies was on the board for 26 years, and has been the chairman since 2001.
“It has always been an honor for me to be able to serve this large club for over a quarter of a century. And it fills me with gratitude and some pride that the members have confirmed me again and again as a member of the Supervisory Board. Of course, I will be a life for FC Schalke 04 long – stay connected, “wrote Tönnies himself in his resignation request to the club.
Club board members Alexander Jobst and Jochen Schneider were quoted in the club’s message as follows: “As a member and chairman of the supervisory board, Clemens Tönnies has played a decisive role in ensuring that FC Schalke 04 has been one of the most sporty and competitive in the past 26 years has established economic heavyweights in the Bundesliga. ” You know how difficult it was for him to make the decision. Jens Buchta, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said: “We very much regret Clemens Tönnies’ decision. He has shaped the committee as chairman in the past years and decades with his mix of down-to-earthness and dynamism.”
Several Schalke fan groups had recently again intensely called for the farewell of the multi-billion dollar meat manufacturer, who had already made a racist statement in a speech last August. Under the motto “Schalke is not a slaughterhouse! Against the disassembly of our club”, last weekend about 1500 fans protested against the Schalke boss. In Tönnies’ plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, there had recently been a large corona outbreak with more than 1,500 cases.
After 16 games without a win, Schalke only ended the season in twelfth place. Even before the Corona crisis, liabilities grew to almost EUR 200 million. In order to compensate for the financial defaults due to the corona pandemic, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia wants to grant the club a guarantee for a loan of 35 million euros, according to SZ information. FC Schalke 04 had previously decided to introduce an upper salary limit. New player contracts should in future not exceed an annual salary of 2.5 million euros.