Deal burst-no Investor in the DFL

Last Update: 21.02.2024 18: 45

The DFL has canceled the planned entry of an investor. German football is in a tear test, said DFL Presidium spokesman Hans-Joachim Watzke. “This could no longer be sustained.”

He felt that the majority of clubs would prefer the DFL to distance itself from the issue, Watzke said after the meeting. He therefore proposed that the trial be terminated. “There is no need for a vote anymore. In any case, this process is done.“The potential investor CVC, when asked by The Sports Show, stated that it would not comment on the broken Deal. For the top of the DFL, the end of the planned Investor model is a defeat. And there are more problems coming to the league Association.

Hans-Joachim Watzke

Voting behavior of Martin Kind caused controversy

In recent weeks, there have been many protests by active fan scenes in the stadiums, some of which led to long game breaks. More and more clubs also demanded that there should be another vote on the possible entry of an investor. However, the outcome of the vote in December was also decisive for the protests.

Martin Kind, Managing Director of Hannover 96

It remained to the last suspicion that the narrowest necessary majority of 24 of the 36 clubs in the vote was also based on a yes from Hannover’s managing director Martin Kind, although the parent club had demanded a no. As a result, there is a violation of the 50+1 rule in The Room, Fans and also many clubs feared a hollowing out of the rule. The DFL Presidium admitted that it should not be overlooked, “that this vote lacks broad acceptance due to the events surrounding Hannover 96“. Although the Investor deal is now at an end, the whole process continues to raise questions regarding the 50+1 rule-there is a threat of another test.

Präsidium DFL e.V.
Hans-Joachim Watzke Borussia Dortmund Speakers
Oliver Leki SC Freiburg 1. Deputies
Steffen Schneekloth Holstein Kiel 2. Deputies
Jan-Christian Dreesen Bayern Munich Member
Oke Göttlich FC St. Petersburg Pauli Member
Axel Hellmann Eintracht Frankfurt Member
Holger Schwiewagner SpVgg Gr. Fürth Member
Marc Lenz DFL Member
Steffen Merkel DFL Member

Bundeskartellamt will 50 + 1 continue to check after Causa Hannover

A banner in Bremen’s Ostkurve reads ” No to investors in the DFL!”.

Because the Federal Cartel Office should carry out an examination of the 50+1 rule on the initiative of the DFL. The termination of the proceedings was last considered a formality after a compromise was found last year. This stipulated that the DFL would impose conditions on Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg, in which 50+1 does not apply. In addition, there should be no new exceptions to the rule. But now the Office announced in a letter to the parties to the proceedings, “to become familiar with the latest developments regarding the application of the 50+1 rule by the DFL and then to consult on further action”. The letter is in front of the Sports Show.

The procedure had been protracted following a request for partiality, and several judgments of the European Court of justice should also be taken into account. Now the situation in Hanover also plays a role in the assessment of the competition guards. Association rules must be transparent, objective, precise and non-discriminatory, the Federal Cartel Office said on request. This should also be reflected in their practical application. “This Handling can allow conclusions to be drawn as to whether the DFL pursues the objectives of the rule consistently and consistently”, The Cartel Office continued. The exact design of the rule is now still open.

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