Rummenigge calls for reform of “financial fair play”

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has withdrawn from the operational soccer business

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Of the Soccer ticker on Saturday, October 9th, 2021:

Messi Adelt Bayern-Star Lewandowski

The six-time award winner Lionel Messi also highlighted Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski with a view to the award of the world’s best footballer. The 34-year-old captain of the Argentine national team and superstar of Paris Saint-Germain would vote for two other world stars. “Of course I have two players in my team that I would vote for: Ney and Kylian,” Messi said in an interview with France Football magazine, referring to his Brazilian PSG offensive colleague Neymar and French world champion Kylian Mbappé.

“After that there are players at an individual level who have played a great season, like Lewandowski,” said Messi and also named the Frenchman Karim Benzema from Real Madrid. What they have achieved is very important to win the Ballon d’Or. “Ultimately, the titles also have great weight, whether you have won the Champions League, the European Championship, the Copa America,” said Messi – he himself won the Copa in South America this year and thus his first major title in the Albiceleste dress.

In addition to Lewandowsi, only Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund made it onto the list of 30 nominees from the Bundesliga. The awards will be presented in Paris on November 29th.

Mixed Turkey debut for Stefan Kuntz

After his debut as Turkish national coach, Stefan Kuntz drew a mixed conclusion. “Of course we are a bit disappointed,” said the former European championship coach of the German U21 national team after the 1-1 (1-1) in the World Cup qualification against rivals Norway. “We wanted to give the fans a win so that the plant of hope grows a little faster, but it’s still a bit small now,” said Kuntz.

With twelve points, Turkey is only in third place in qualification group G behind the Netherlands (16) and Norway (14). Kerem Aktürkoglu (8th) scored early for the Kuntz team, but the Scandinavians equalized through Kristian Thorstvedt (41st) even without their Dortmund star striker Erling Haaland.

The Turkish media reacted accordingly to Kuntz’s debut with disappointment. “The German vaccine did not work,” wrote Fanatik. Hürriyet said: “We missed a great opportunity.” For Aksam Spor all dreams of the World Cup have already “burst”.

However, Kuntz did not want to accuse his players of a lack of attitude. “I told you that I am satisfied when you give everything you have in your body, heart and head. And they gave everything, ”summed up the 58-year-old.

Rummenigge calls for reform of “financial fair play”

The former Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge calls for a “correction of course” for European club football, which has got into financial difficulties. In a column in the Welt am Sonntag, the former national player, who was chairman of the board of FC Bayern Munich until the summer, speaks out in favor of “a rationalization of football” and a “financial fair play 3.0”.

“With the corona effect – but not only through it – dimensions have been reached that are still mildly described as” worrying “: A number of clubs are on the verge of economic collapse,” writes Rummenigge (66). It seems to him “socially acceptable that debts in the billions are no longer only counted in politics, but also in football.”

Rummenigge sees the European association Uefa facing a “mammoth task” of making new guidelines “legally weatherproof”. He advocates fixed expenses for player salaries and penalties for violations “up to and including exclusion from the Champions League”. According to Rummenigge, the ball is now “with the European Club Association”, the representation of interests of the European football clubs, which he chaired for a long time: “It has to make sustainable proposals to Uefa.”

The current financial fair play “does not do justice to the great challenges”, says Rummenigge. It is currently largely suspended because of the effects of the Corona crisis, so capital injections from investors, which were limited to 30 million euros, were fully released again, “this is the only way” the Italian record champions Juventus Turin could “absorb the losses”, writes Rummenigge.

Most recently, a kind of luxury tax for violations of financial fair play was discussed. This will “not improve the situation on its own,” says Rummenigge. He doubts that investor-controlled clubs like Manchester City or Paris St. Germain are really punished with this tax, “where money – let’s say – is more of a relative issue”.

Sat, 09.10.2021, 11.56 am



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