The President's Conference of the German Football Association (DFB) has spoken out in favor of keeping the 50 + 1 rule.

The association announced in a press release after the meeting of the sovereigns that the regulation was "an elementary part of the football competition in Germany that is recognized by the players.

With this common stance, the DFB will enter into possible negotiations with the Federal Cartel Office.

Furthermore, the presidential conference reiterated its rejection of a shortening of the World Cup rhythm and the introduction of a Super League. World championships every two years bring "serious disadvantages for the development of football in many areas" and in particular could have negative effects on the development of women's football, said the state associations. Changes to the international game calendar are generally only to be made by consensus.

In addition, the President's Conference made clear demands on the new federal government to strengthen (popular) sport. According to this, there should be a State Minister for Sport in the Federal Chancellery in the future. In addition, the sovereigns are calling for an investment program for sports facilities, greater recognition of the added value created by amateur football for society, and more sustainable support for voluntary work. In addition, better promotion of integration and inclusion projects in the amateur sector is necessary.

In the case of 50 + 1, the Federal Cartel Office recently came to the conclusion that the principle of the rule is fundamentally unobjectionable under antitrust law.

The office expressed doubts about the exceptions for the so-called factory clubs Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg and TSG Hoffenheim.

If their special rights were overturned, a lawsuit could be brought - which, if successful in court, could lead to the complete abolition of the rule, massive upheavals at the clubs and a fan uprising.

Rummenigge: "UEFA facing a mammoth task"

Meanwhile, the former Bayern board member Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is calling for a "correction of course" in European club football with a view to the financial difficulties.

“We need a Financial Fair Play 3.0 that is rigorously and consistently implemented and that also includes a specific catalog of penalties,” wrote the former Bayern Munich professional in a column in “Welt am Sonntag”.

The 66-year-old pleads for a "rationalization of football" because the Corona crisis had reached worrying dimensions.

"A number of clubs are facing economic collapse," said Rummenigge.

The Italian record champions Juventus Turin, for example, only absorbed its losses because investors "fully released" capital injections.

The European Football Union UEFA is now facing a "mammoth task" of clearly defining sporting and financial sanctions.

"If a club violates financial fair play, it must not act in a gray area, but must know exactly what to expect, up to and including exclusion from the Champions League," said Rummenigge, speaking in favor of fixed player salaries.

The recently discussed proposal to introduce a kind of luxury tax in the event of violations of financial fair play will not improve the situation on its own, said Rummenigge.

"Do I really punish clubs like Manchester City or Paris, where money is more of a relative issue?" Asked the former Bayern boss.

With the luxury tax, the clubs should adhere to an upper cost limit, and everything above that would be charged with said tax.

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