Bundesliga: "It can not be that the taxpayer bears all costs"

Who will pay for the so-called high-risk games in the Bundesliga? At the Federal Administrative Court, a basic procedure for this question begins.

Immediately before the proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court (BVG) in Leipzig on police costs for risk games of the Bundesliga Bremen Bremen Senator Ulrich Mäurer (SPD) again criticized the German Football League (DFL). "We have a professional league, which made a turnover of 4.4 billion euros last year - so it can not be that the league retains all revenue, but the public sector and thus the taxpayer bears all costs," said the SPD Politician to the Norddeutscher Rundfunk.

Mäurer described it as the main problem that the DFL is completely unreasonable and rejects participation in principle. "They drove us through the instances, that was never our intention," said the Interior Senator. It is also not about to charge all costs. "These are just one or two high-risk games a year for us," Mäurer said. Rather, the goal is a nationwide regulation, so that countries could receive a fair compensation, for example through a fund.

For the police use in a game between Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV four years ago, Bremen had sent the DFL an invoice for 425,718.11 euros. By contrast, the league had sued and got right in the first instance. The Administrative Court had classified the fee notice as too vague and therefore unlawful.

The city of Bremen did not want to accept the verdict, went into revision - and got justice before the Higher Administrative Court. Although the court reduced the costs to 415,000 euros, it described the granting of public security as a tax-financed core task of the state. At the same time, however, it granted the state a decision and design clearance in which cases and for what services it wishes to charge fees.

For DFL President Reinhard Rauball this attitude is not allowed. "Football is not the catalyst of violence, and the state is responsible for the exercise of public security and order," he said before the start of the SNB hearing in Leipzig. The argument that in professional football much money is earned , he did not allow to apply, but emphasized on his arrival in court: "Whether someone is poor or rich, can play no role in the question of who is responsible and who has to ward off certain dangers".

When is a game a high-risk game?

This Friday will show whether the Leipzig judges follow this argument or decide in favor of the Hanseatic city against the DFL. Then the verdict should be spoken and transmitted live for the first time. In the event of a defeat, the league leaders would still have a lawsuit before the Federal Constitutional Court - or they accept the verdict. In that case, Rauball confirmed, the fee decision would be passed on to SV Werder Bremen.

Observers attach great importance to the verdict - if other federal states follow the Bremen example and the DFL bills the costs for additional police missions. Then, however, would need to be clarified more exactly what is meant by the term high-risk game exactly. Legally defined is the term, police and the respective home club estimate the potential risk according to its own criteria. According to DFL, reviews from clubs, associations and police would cover. "But they can also diverge because of the different standards of assessment and the different assessments of a threat."

REF: https://www.zeit.de/sport/2019-03/fussball-bundesliga-polizeieinsatz-ulrich-maeurer-dfl