Football has suffered image damage in recent years – the controversial debate about what was hoped for Continuation of the season and the special status it addresses are not conducive to this, just like the positive COVID-19 tests at 1. FC Köln. Irrespective of the Corona crisis, Bayer Leverkusen’s sports director Simon Rolfes believes that the credibility in question is primarily due to the club’s high personnel costs.
The Bundesliga has been criticized in view of the ever increasing financial dimensions, especially the active fan scenes speak of an alienation of football, which is losing its roots.
“Professional football has long been sick enough”, the association “Fanszenen Deutschland” diagonized in an open letter (via faszination-fankurve.de). This is particularly evident in the corona crisis. The social responsibility that the Bundesliga is supposed to assume cannot be guaranteed given the large number of tests required and the associated supposed special status – this is in contradiction to the contact restrictions in the population and other sectors of the economy, which are threatening their livelihood.
The process is also controversial for positively tested players. 1. FC Köln recorded a total of three infectious personalities after the first tests on Thursday. Loud PICTURE should be two professionals and a physiotherapist who worked within a training group. The training operation should nevertheless continue, instead only those affected are sent to quarantine.
Rolfes: “As if football were living in a parallel society”
Football’s credibility suffered even before the Corona crisis. However, it seems to reveal how deeply rooted the problems are. Also Leverkusens sports director Simon Rolfes confesses to that Sports information service (via Focus): “Although many clubs already make substantial social contributions, it currently appears as if football were living in a parallel society.”
One has to question why this image exists and “work intensively on it so that our credibility in society grows again.” The increasing transfer fees are not the problem, according to Rolfes, because “the training clubs would also benefit from training allowances and solidarity contributions”. Increasing salaries and consultant fees are more serious: “Contracts have been concluded for several years. Unlike the transfer fees, the money comes out of the system.”
Rolfes would cover budgets
But: How should this problem be solved? Hanover club boss Martin Kind brought in late March a salary cap Fortuna Düsseldorf’s CEO Thomas Röttgermann also spoke for a salary cap. DFL boss Christian Seifert showed up open for talks, but referred to the applicable EU law, which makes a salary cap inadmissible.
Rolfes, on the other hand, would cover the entire staff costs of the clubs: “Only a certain proportion of sales may be spent on staff costs. This would strengthen the soundness of the clubs.” However, large clubs such as Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund are likely to speak out against a predetermined budget.