Professionals | 17/03/2020

Message from 1. FC Köln

We keep our distance – and stay together

What does Corona mean for FC and how is the club reacting to the crisis? The board and managing directors have written an open letter to all fans and members.

Dear FC members, dear FC fans,

The Corona crisis is now a part of society. Our private lives have been reduced, in order to slow down the spread of the virus. As difficult as it might be, we all have to do our part and keep to the rules and regulations that the authorities have put in place. This isn’t just a question of solidarity with people, who will find an infection difficult to deal with. It is also a question of keeping our health system stable.

1. FC Köln is daily business for us all. Especially now, football would be something to take our minds off things. Health is first priority. Therefore, the season has come to a stop. In these difficult times, it is especially important to stay in contract with you. The FC channels will be kept up to date.

We have taken decision with Geißbockheim and the team. Outside of matchdays, we have around 160 employees to take care of. We have to take of everyone, from the greenkeepers to those in the office and all of the volunteers. We have to take care of them.

Discussion over what happens next

The first-team have received an individual training plan, and will not take part in any more appointments. That is also the case for the first-team and for the under-21s. Our academy is closed, and our youth academy from under-8 to under-19 are no longer training. The employees, who don’t have to be at Geißbockheim, are now at home. Our fan shops are closed. The online fan shop is still available, and we will pay for all delivery costs until Easter.

The economic fall-out from the break in play is hard to predict. That is also the case for 1. FC Köln. How we deal with the situation is currently being discussed and intensively prepared for by the managing directors and the board, along with the other committees. Many decisions will have to be made for the changing situation. We are also working on the questions over single match tickets and season tickets, in peace, with the desire to find a fair solution. Your questions or ideas are always welcome, at service@fc-koeln.de.

At the beginning of April, we are also planning a live chat for FC channels, in order to communicate with you all directly.

Our heroes are those who help, care and heal

One thing for us is particularly close to our hearts: for many people, players are our heroes. We’re proud of that. The true heroes are someone else, however. For us, it’s those who are helping, caring and healing for others at the moment. People, who care for the health system and keep things right. We have decided to give these every-day heroes tickets to a game in the RheinEnergieSTADION (when it’s open again) as a thank you. Until then, we would like to thank them all for their tireless work.

At the moment, the text in our hymne is particularly poignant: “Whether young or old, poor or rich, we’re strong together.” Despite all of the uncertainty, it’s our priority to get through this crisis together. As club, as city, as society. Everyone can contribute a little to that. 

Keep your distance, but stay together. Stay healthy.

Your 1. FC Köln

Dr. Werner Wolf (President), Eckhard Sauren, Dr. Carsten Wettich (Vice-President), Horst Heldt, Alexander Wehrle (Managing director)

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