The Bundesliga fears that COVID-19 will overturn the 50 + 1 law

first_imgBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke fears that the coronavirus will seriously jeopardize the 50 + 1 law in the Bundesliga. These regulations limit the power of investors in the highest German competition, preventing them from taking over 49 percent of a club’s shares and, with few exceptions, leaving the entity’s sovereignty in the hands of its members. Tireless advocate of such regulation, the worst is feared if the current season in the Bundesliga is finally suspended.“If the course is canceled, the time would come for all those who criticize 50 + 1”, the Borusser honcho explained in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “They will do everything possible to build German football following the Anglo-Saxon example. You see it coming. There are people who have not stopped calling me for years, all of them willing to pay hundreds of millions if we repeal the 50 + 1 so that they can take power. At BVB, we discard it. Of course, the more clubs under pressure, the sooner it will happen, “he concluded. At the moment, the Bundesliga is stopped. The league federation DFL drew up a roadmap together with the 36 first and second clubs that foresees the resumption of the competition for May 9. There is a health plan with prevention measures, the matches would be played behind closed doors and the players would be forced to pass routine tests to avoid all kinds of infections, but the final decision is in the hands of the government. Chancellor Angela Merkel and prime ministers are expected to take it after the next meeting scheduled for Thursday.last_img

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