Former Bayer Leverkusen CEO calls 50+1 rule “a relic from the past preventing German football from reaching the next level”

5 October 2020

Wolfgang Holzhäuser
Photo: PA Images The former CEO at Bayer leverkusen, and currently working as a consultant at Sportsheads, Wolfgang Holzhäuser, are not happy with the current version of the "50+1"-rule in German football.

Wolfgang Holzhäuser was one of the key figures in implementing the 50+1 rule in 1998.

Holzhäuser says the rule needs to be modified for German clubs to be able to adapt to innovative business methods in modern football.

The former Bayer Leverkusen CEO now calls for changes if German football is to improve its international presence to help boost the value of the Bundesliga TV and media rights.

A majority of the 36 Bundesliga clubs in March 2018 voted to retain the rule – but discussions are ongoing between the DFB, DFL and the clubs.

Svend Bertil Frandsen bertil@offthepitch.com

When FC Bayern München set an astonishing number of records at the end of August and won the UEFA Champions League with an ease seldom witnessed before in Europe´s most prestigious competition, they also poured ice on a volcano about to erupt under German professional football: The 50+1 rule.

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