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Football-Bundesliga : DFL the issue of 50+1 should not underestimate

Christian Seifert spoke on Tuesday much as the way it is at new year's receptions, because that represents the German football League (DFL) is no exception. The welcome to the Seiferts speech in Frankfurt's Palais Thurn und Taxis was: what to put in there.

The managing Director of the DFL sent a clear warning to the international football associations. This further competitions should plan – which would you unsubscribe, perhaps even on the weekend – will check the DFL to legal action. "The weekend must belong to the national leagues. You are the heart of the chamber of professional football," said Seifert, who also visited on stages ("good"), TV ratings ("high-level"), international presence (") or ambition ("level") lectured. And then he spoke about "various challenges", which would bring the future – such as the "50+1-rule".

In this point could deceive Seifert, however, The 50+1 rule is likely to be the challenge of the future. What are the scenarios prepared for the DFL (or not), if the rule falls, it is a extremely exciting question. So far it was apart says investors to take over the decision-making competence of a soccer capital in society, with a few exceptions (Wolfsburg, Leverkusen, Hoffenheim). Now, the Federal cartel office will examine, as it is called "intense", the rule. It could be restricted to be clarified, whether 50+1 violates German and European antitrust law, because of the "football market" Bundesliga – a billion – dollar business in a disproportionate way.

on the Other hand, the Bundesliga is far more than just a market. Its licensee, the professional clubs, are at the top of a club being subject to strict democratic guidelines. Many organized Fanverbände the knowledge and appreciate that you do not want to exchange their right of co-determination against foreign capital. Nothing would happen if investors were crowding into the market to lure with short-term profits. Escape could club you hardly any to big the risk would have to become economically (and athletic) left behind. The consequences for the "national sport" of football? Unmanageable.

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The 50+1 rule is therefore not only a purely legal Causa, it is not should, above all, a socio-political, the vehemence of Christian Seifert and DFL. You would do well, therefore, to accompany the theme of transparent and with maximum attention.

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