The Cartel Office should check “50 + 1” regulations in German football

Martin child

The entrepreneur had submitted an application for the takeover of the majority vote at Hannover 96.

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MunichThe dispute over the influence of investors in the Bundesliga has escalated. The presidium of the German Football League (DFL) slammed unanimously on Wednesday the request of the entrepreneur Martin child from the majority in the Bundesliga club Hannover 96 to take over. The owner of a hearing aid chain did not meet the requirements for “significantly promoting” the association for at least 20 years.

The DFL now wants to have the Bundeskartellamt check whether its so-called “50 + 1 rule” complies with the antitrust laws. Child had threatened to go to court in case of rejection of his application. “There has been an intense public debate over the 50 + 1 rule in recent months. This step is intended to bring clarity to all concerned, “said DFL President Reinhard Rauball.

The rule states that the majority of voting rights in a professional football club must lie with the club behind it. She was last loosened in 2011. Since then, patrons who have supported a club financially on a large scale for at least 20 years can acquire a majority stake.

After the interpretation of the DFL they must have invested at least as much money as the largest individual sponsor of the association. As a result, SAP founder Dietmar Hopp was able to take over TSG Hoffenheim in 2014, which had risen from the district league to the Bundesliga with his financial support. For factory clubs like Bayer Leverkusen and Volkswagen-backed VfL Wolfsburg, there were already exceptions.

The DFL had recently, even given the growing economic superiority of English and Spanish clubs, according to a greater opening of the Bundesliga for investors thought. In March, however, a majority of the clubs in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga rejected a softening of the “50 + 1 rule” – unlike child hopes. This had then renewed his request for a waiver.

Recently, some Bundesliga clubs had to let important players go, because they can not keep up in the bidding for transfer fees and salaries. This is scratching internationally on the sporting success as well as the attractiveness of the Bundesliga. In England and Spain, many clubs are mostly in the hands of financially strong investors or listed on the stock exchange. The Bundesliga has been dominated by Bayern Munich for years.

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