UEFA reforms: the DFL is alarmed

UEFA is planning far-reaching reforms to finance the clubs. The German Football League is alarmed.

The alarm bells are ringing at the headquarters of the German Football League (DFL). The planned reforms of the European Football Union (UEFA) to finance the clubs and their control are likely to have far-reaching consequences for the German clubs – and these could be extremely unpleasant.

“The new ideas provide for unlimited total costs as long as they are covered by investor money. We strictly reject that,” says Marc Lenz in kicker quoted. Lenz worked for UEFA for more than five years, and since 2019 he has been responsible for corporate strategy and international affairs at DFL – and there is a lot of work to do.

Financial Fair Play (FFP) is to be abolished and replaced by a new financial control system. Among other things, a luxury tax is being discussed for clubs that violate the fact that they are only allowed to spend a maximum of 70 percent of their income on player salaries. UEFA is at least thinking about this new upper limit.

According to kicker clubs should also be able to reduce their debts over a period of five to seven years at particularly low interest rates.

DFL: “Provides investors with no return expectation”

Like UEFA on Tuesday SID-If you communicated the request, it will be available on 9/10. A convention entitled “On the future of European football” will be held in Nyon on September 1st. The FFP is also discussed there. The first decisions could then be made on December 15 at the Exko meeting in Montreux.

Efforts towards deregulation were apparently already made last year. “We have never communicated this so openly, but in 2020 we played a leading role in ensuring that the FFP still exists in the current status quo,” said Lenz. There were “clear intentions” to “suspend the regulations – with what we consider to be an opportunistic justification for the pandemic and liquidity problems”.

A central question is: What are the investors’ expectations? “Investors with expected returns – often in England – prefer cost regulation because their pockets are not infinite. They want to be competitive, but within a reasonable framework,” said Lenz and added: “But there are also investors who do not expect returns. It is their interest to relax or abolish currently limiting regulations. ” This would further weaken the international competitiveness of the Bundesliga.

According to the current regulations, with an investor sum of 100 million euros, only 25 million euros can be used for players and transfer costs within three years. “The remaining 75 million euros will be used for youth development, infrastructure or other projects worthy of funding,” Lenz emphasized.

Before the draw for the European competitions on Thursday and Friday in Istanbul, there are other questions about the future that remain unanswered. The mode of the reformed premier class from 2024 has still not been conclusively clarified.