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Bayer Leverkusen agrees to DFL proposal for Federal Cartel Office!

With the aim of further increasing the legal certainty of the 50+1 rule and dispelling preliminary antitrust concerns of the Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office) against the overall rule (50+1 basic rule in conjunction with the funding exemption), the Executive Committee of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga has unanimously agreed on a proposal for commitments. This proposal has now been submitted to the Bundeskartellamt. Among other things, there should be no further funding exemptions from the 50+1 rule in the future. For the clubs that have already been granted a funding exemption in the past on the basis of the respective statutes of the DFB or DFL, grandfathering is provided for under conditions. The purpose of these conditions is to make the funding exemptions more consistent with the 50+1 basic rule. In the next step, the Bundeskartellamt will assess the proposal after consulting the parties to the proceedings.

Fernando Carro, chairman of the board at Bayer 04, said, “Given the majority view in German professional football it was important after months of intensive discussions to achieve a viable solution for all sides. For that reason alone, we have approved the compromise, which is painful for us in parts.”

For the earlier DFL report: Legal certainty for the 50+1 rule: DFL ExCo adopts proposal for Federal Cartel Office!

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