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Rauball: “Bremen is out of compliance”

The Higher Administrative Court in Bremen found that the DFL in principle must participate in additional costs for police operations in so-called high-risk games of the Bundesliga. The League Association announced immediately to appeal. DFL President Reinhard Rauball takes an explicit position on the legal dispute.
The Higher Administrative Court of Bremen has decided that the DFL can be involved in the costs of police operations. What further steps does the DFL take?
We remain convinced of our legal opinion and will appeal to the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig. That our position can not be completely outlandish has been demonstrated by the previous decision of the Administrative Court in Bremen.

What are the arguments of the DFL?

As I said, legally we have good arguments. That is crucial in court. But there is also the political side. In 2012/2013, we reached an agreement with the Conference of Interior Ministers in the context of the major security debate and fulfilled all the things we demanded. Among other things, with the increase in expenses for the fan work to a tens of millions. For example, we have established full-time security officers in clubs through a commitment in the statutes and increased the number of fan-assistants in the clubs. In return, we got the commitment of the Conference of Interior Ministers that they do not shake the status of standing room and that they do not use the clubs for the costs of police operations. This agreement has broken the state of Bremen. This has not only led to a significant loss of confidence in the pledges made by politicians. Thankfully, all other interior ministers have upheld and lived this decision, including the Federal Minister of the Interior. But the state of Bremen is out of order.

With now four billion euros in sales of the league, there could also be a moral obligation.

The approach that rich DFLs have to pay for poor policemen is popular, but too simple. It is clear that we can not win such a discussion at the Stammtisch. These are principles of the rule of law, and they must be respected. This includes that football is not the cause of violence. It is incomprehensible to us that football should be asked to pay to maintain public safety and order. That is a core task of the state.

Who pays, if the Federal Administrative Court should not follow the opinion of the League?

From my point of view, it is questionable that the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen has taken up the DFL. With the smugly hint, Werder Bremen would not take up. It is clear that the 35 other clubs in the league will not be able to bear the Bremen costs pro rata. If the verdict remains, the payment advice addressed to the DFL will then be charged 1: 1 to Werder Bremen.

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