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Schalke 04: Clemens Tönnies resigns as chairman of the supervisory board
© imago images / DeFodi Clemens Tönnies from FC Schalke 04 resigns as chairman of the supervisory board with immediate effect and leaves the board. The Bundesliga club confirmed this on Tuesday afternoon. Schalke will announce at a later date who will take over the chair of the Supervisory Board until the end of the current term of office, the statement continues. Clemens Tönnies at Schalke: pressure got too big The picture had previously reported about Tönnies' resignation.
Clemens Tonnies has resigned from his post as Schalke chairman in the wake of controversy surrounding a coronavirus outbreak in a slaughterhouse he part-owns.
Jens Buchta has taken over his role with the Bundesliga club.
Tonnies, who had been chairman for 19 years, attracted criticism earlier this month after more than 1,500 people working in meat processing facility in Rheda-Wiedenbruck – his hometown – tested positive for COVID-19.
The plant is run by Tonnies Holding, a company the businessman owns a stake in, and the outbreak caused local authorities to temporarily close the facility and shut down schools in the area until the end of the month.
Is it getting tight for Tönnies on Schalke?
The immense corona outbreak at the meat processor Tönnies in Rheda is currently causing a lot of hype around the CEO Clemens Tönnies. That could in turn damage the image of FC Schalke 04. And there is the question: will it be tight there for the chairman of the supervisory board? © picture alliance Is heavily criticized: Schalke boss Clemens Tönnies. Clemens Tönnies stepped in front of the TV cameras almost at the same time as FC Schalke's game against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday to take a stand.
The company was accused of not adequately protecting their staff with respect to social-distancing measures, but Tonnies insisted he would not resign his position with the meat-processing business despite accepting responsibility for the outbreak.
Over 1,000 Schalke fans turned up at the club's Veltins Arena on Saturday to protest Tonnies while the team were hammered 4-0 at Freiburg in the final match of a disappointing Bundesliga season.
Fans' frustrations with the 64-year-old are not new.
The club has been crippled by financial issues, supporters believe their core values have been abandoned and Tonnies himself was embroiled in a race row last year, though Schalke's honorary board later deemed his remarks were not racist.
Schalke supporters finally have their wish, however, with Tonnies' resignation confirmed on Tuesday.
A statement read: "Clemens Tonnies was chairman of the Schalke supervisory board for 19 years. On Tuesday (June 30), the 64-year-old entrepreneur informed the association that he would resign from the office with immediate effect and leave the committee."
Buchta, who was deputy chairman of the supervisory board, has since been unanimously voted as Tonnies' successor.
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