Interview: FC St. Pauli president opposes Rummenigge and encourages German clubs to resist big investor takeovers under 50+1 rule

27 December 2019

50+1 rule
Photo: Getty Images Marvin Knoll of FC St. Pauli controls the ball during the Second Bundesliga match between FC St. Pauli and VfL Bochum 1848 at Millerntor Stadium on November 8, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. The president of the German Club, Oke Göttlich, is doing all he can to maintain the 50+1 rule that keeps the power in German clubs in the hands of the members and the fans.

St. Pauli president is confident that German clubs will close the current financial gap to English clubs due to better broadcasting deals in the future.

The disparity between the big and small clubs in Germany will become even greater if investors are allowed to buy the majority of shares in German clubs, predicts St. Pauli's President  Oke Göttlich.

Those in favour of getting rid of the 50+1 rule have forgotten all about the consumers of modern football, says Göttlich.

Svend Bertil Frandsen bertil@offthepitch.com

When Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund took to the field at Wembley Stadium to battle it out for football's biggest prize at the Champions League final in 2013, many football experts argued it seemed only a matter of time before deep-pocketed investors would throw their resources behind the Bundesliga and buy majority stakes in German clubs.

That development should pave the way for added financial firepower amongst Deutsche Vereine to compete with cash-rich teams like PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea.

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