Clemens Tönnies leaves the post of chairman of the Schalke 04 board after almost twenty years. The German football club reports on the website. The 64-year-old businessman is being attacked for the Schalke 04’s disappointing sporting performance and the recent corona outbreak at his meat factory Tönnies Fleisch.
Schalke 04 did not win the last sixteen Bundesliga games, finished in 12th place and again did not qualify for European football. It’s the worst series in history. Even before the crown crisis, the Gelsenkirchen club was on the verge of bankruptcy. Schalke says he regrets Tönnies’ decision.
Jens Buchta will succeed Tönnies in Gelsenkirchen.
Two weeks ago, at a site at the Tönnies meat factory in Rheda-Wiedenbrück (in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia), a large Corona outbreak established. More than 1,500 people tested positive at the slaughterhouse, making it Germany’s biggest source of infection.
According to authorities, Tönnies violated the crown rules, putting the entire region at risk. About 7000 people had to be quarantined. In the slaughterhouses of Tönnies, many foreign workers work in dire conditions.