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German cartel workplace to probe DFL licensing in 50+1 guideline case

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Germany’s cartel workplace has stated it still has no total objections to the special 50+1 ownership guideline in German football after a current judgment from the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

However the cartel workplace stated it would not reach a decision on whether the guideline is adhere with European antitrust law till after an assessment of club licensing practices by the German Football League (DFL).

The 50+1 guideline implies that financiers can not obtain a bulk share in a club as 50% plus among the shares need to be held by the club.

There are exemptions for Bundesliga and German Cup champs Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg, who have actually long been funded by chemical market business Bayer and cars and truck makers Volkswagen, respectively.

A DFL vote on 50+1 adjustments has actually been held off till a last cartel workplace judgment.

“The ECJ’s brand-new case law does not basically alter our evaluation of the fundamental 50+1 guideline,” cartel workplace president Andreas Mundt stated in a declaration on Wednesday.

“It stays the case that the goal of a club appropriates to validate an exception to antitrust law. In this regard, we likewise think about the guideline to be proportional in concept.”

The ECJ had actually ruled in a disagreement around a prepared Super League that football federations can not make other competitors depending on their approval and can not prohibit clubs and gamers to participate in them. It likewise stated this does not imply that a Super League will end up being truth.

Mundt stated the ECJ has rigorous requirements for cartel law exemptions which required the check out the DFL licensing treatments.

The DFL had actually expected a decision however called the most recent cartel workplace declaration “favorable” in a declaration.

“It remains in the interest of the DFL that a lawfully safe and secure evaluation of 50+1 by the cartel workplace is possible and in line with European competitors law,” the DFL stated.

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