Police costs in football: DFL pays Bremen fees
In the dispute over the participation in the police costs at Werder home games, the German Football League transfers 1.17 million euros to the state of Bremen. The half must refund Werder. But it could become more.
The German Football League (DFL) will pay four fee notices of the state of Bremen in time and wants to pay the Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen proportionally. This was announced by the DFL on Tuesday in view of the ruling by the Federal Administrative Court on the charging of additional police forces in high-risk games.
The amount of the fee notifications is a total of 1.17 million euros, as a spokeswoman for the Bremen Interior announced in the previous week.
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The DFL has the sum first divided: About half (about 584,000 euros) Werder pay, the other half will pass the DFL GmbH to the DFL German Football League eV. Members there are all 36 clubs of the Bundesliga and Second League. The DFL presidency should decide how these 584,000 euros will be split.
"Whether the DFL eV this amount - in whole or in part - the SV Werder Bremen billed, it turns to all the clubs or selects a different approach, the DFL presidency will decide in due course," it says in a DFL release , At the same time, the umbrella organization has filed an objection against all fee notices and reserves the right to have them individually judicially reviewed.
"A recognition of the legality of the fee notices or the constitutionality of their legal basis in the Bremen Fees and Contribution Act by the DFL GmbH is, however, expressly not connected," it says in the DFL release.
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Specifically, there are fees for about 227,000 euros for the Werder game against Mönchengladbach on 16 May 2015, about 246,000 euros for the match of Bremen against Hamburger SV on 28 November 2015 and about 283,000 euros for the Bremen match against Hannover on March 5, 2016, each with a payment period until September 20, 2019. For the game between Werder and Frankfurt on May 14, 2016, there will be a fee notification amounting to approximately 412,000 euros with a payment period until 25 September.
The reimbursement of additional police costs in high-risk games has been a long-standing dispute. The trigger for the legal dispute was a fee decision by the state of Bremen for a comprehensive police operation in 2015. In March 2019, the Federal Administrative Court ruled that participation of clubs in high-risk games is fundamentally legal.