Martin Stopper zur “50+1”-Regel
The DFL considers changing the 50+1 rule
The Deutsche Fußball Liga (‘DFL’) is reviewing the 50+1 rule, which requires that in order for a club to obtain a licence to compete in the Bundesliga, the majority of voting rights within the club must be controlled by its parent member association (e.g. FC Bayern München e.V.). The clause within the regulations of the DFL is designed to ensure that a football club’s members retain overall control, requiring the parent member association to own at least 50% plus one additional share of a football company to protect clubs from the influence of external investors. The DFL announced in a press release on 5 February 2018 that it would seek to review the wording and implementation of the 50+1 rule in the coming months.