Bayern-Boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge speaks in an Interview about the summit of the 15 Bundesliga clubs will meet, the reforms in the DFB and why he understands the position paper of the four non-invited clubs for the redistribution of TV money as an Affront.
How do you view the Meeting of the 15 professional clubs in Frankfurt?
The Meeting has pleased me very, very well. It is very harmonious, very loyal and very productive run. It was a good atmosphere from the first second until the very end. It is felt that all participants have the responsibility and enormity. We have honest and discussed in detail, which I found to be very positive.
What is the content of the results and the framework points to the roughly three-hour Meeting?
For one thing, we have talked about the DFB. We call on the Association, its structural reform and President Fritz Keller has initiated the professionalization process be carried out expeditiously. The goal must be to bring the German back into calm waters and to be able to focus more on the played football, especially on the national team place. The League has a big interest in ensuring that the national team is successful and a good picture makes. The national team must be at the centre. We are ready, where desired, to make our contribution.
What could it look like this post?
The Bundesliga is ready to support the DFB and the national team. Corona due to the international breaks now include, respectively, three games, and we have accepted, because these times are difficult for everyone. For the Amateurs, you may in the whole discussion, not forget. We need to bring the German football together, through this difficult time.
How have you talked about the successor to Christian Seifert, who is leaving the DFL mid-2022?
We will support the Supervisory Board of the DFL in the search. Both in the question of how the personnel, as well as how the structural design will look like. We see the personnel from the competent Supervisory Board is correctly located. We all agree that it is, without question, will be very difficult to replace Christian Seifert after the long time at the top of the DFL. He has proved it once again this year, what he can afford everything. In this Corona-crisis, he has made including his last is responsible for a TV contract, a great Job for the benefit of the 36 clubs of the first and second League.
On the mention of possible successor candidates, they should have given the barely two-year term of Seifert waived.
We have deliberately omitted to talk about a name for X. We want to operate with no personnel policy or name to discuss. This matter is a matter of the DFL Supervisory Board. It’s still over a year until the contract expires. There is no pressure to make the best decision.
The extent to which it was the impulse or position paper is not loaded clubs?
We are irritated that four of the Bundesliga side, and ten second-tier club have placed such an impulse-paper and shipped. So they have separated themselves from our point of view in the community of solidarity DFL in this point, because in this question, the DFL-Bureau has exclusive Decision-making authority. It is obvious that you wanted to take the pulse of the paper about the Public influence on the DFL’s Bureau, to redistributions at the expense of the larger and more successful clubs. It has not irritated only, but also very surprised that this has been signed from smaller clubs like Mainz, Bielefeld, and also many of the second division. It was always important that all of the 36 clubs have good, worked loyally and harmoniously together. It is the first Time that clubs outside of this solidarity have positioned community.
You can see in the question of TV money, only the DFL-Bureau required?
It is our elected Bureau, I want to remind you explicitly. We have chosen twelve months ago and should trust in this body. It is to find good and reputable solutions. We have from the season 21/22 two problems on the table: We are national about 200 million euros estimated to be less TV revenue and almost 100 million less international TV revenue. Through this failure, all of the 36 clubs have been gross less, regardless of whether they are called Bayern Munich Jahn Regensburg.
What are your ideas about the distribution of the TV money?
We want to make neither a recommendation, nor anything else. This is an exclusive task of the DFL Executive Committee, which we refer to as our Bureau. It has been chosen by the 36 clubs unanimously. The Bureau will find a good and reputable solution, the power, hopefully, at the end of the day, all 36 clubs satisfied.
How have you talked about the impact of the Corona-crisis on the football?
We have, for example, had at Bayern Munich over eight months no spectators at home games. Corona meets all of the 36 clubs of the first and second League and corrupt it sustainable – financially and also in the football culture. Because football without spectators has no atmosphere, and that is not what we were used to all until March. Of course, we respect all of the Corona-measures, which set out the policy with us and are grateful that we can continue to play football. Even if it is just without an audience possible. We will try, wherever possible, to improve our already very good hygiene concepts, and will always be in exchange with each other, with the health authorities and of the policy.
What are the concepts important?
It is important that we keep this Spirit, and identified to us in April and has made the Re-Start of the Bundesliga possible, in an upright position. In these difficult times, we need to work together and loyal together, at the end of the day to get what we want very: spectators in the stadiums. We have a large interest in ensuring that the football culture remains, because she has a high social value. This is only possible if at some point viewers can return.