Club representatives satisfied after meeting in Frankfurt

Upon conclusion of the so-called ''G15'' summit - a meeting of representatives from 15 leading professional football clubs in Germany, held in Frankfurt - organiser Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed his satisfaction. ''It was a very good meeting,'' said the FC Bayern Munich chairman, who initiated the meeting along with representatives from other leading clubs.

According to Rummenigge, the distribution of revenue from allocated TV broadcasting rights was not discussed in any detail: "We came to a clear agreement that this falls within the DFL Executive Committee's area of competence," said the Bayern Munich chairman after the meeting, which was attended by representatives of all Bundesliga clubs - with the exception of FSV Mainz 05, VfB Stuttgart, Arminia Bielefeld and FC Augsburg - as well as Hamburger SV.

In total, approximately 4.4 billion euros of revenue from media contracts from the 2021/22 season is to be distributed among the 36 professional clubs by the end of the 2024/25 season. ''Unfortunately, our problem is that our domestic revenues are down by around 200 million euros and our international ones by 100 million. This means that, for the first time in a long time, all 36 clubs will have less money in the pocket,'' said Rummenigge.  

According to Rummenigge, the meeting also touched on the crisis at the German Football Association. ''We have a great interest in seeing the governing organisation, the DFB, return to calmer waters,'' said the Munich chairman. The reform process initiated by DFB president Fritz Keller is being supported. The DFL Supervisory Board is being entrusted with the search for a successor to Christian Seifert, who will step down from his role as DFL chairman in 2022. ''We certainly don't want to put forward a superman candidate,'' said Rummenigge. 

Görlich praises ''congenial spirit''

TSG managing director Dr. Peter Görlich, Hoffenheim's representative at the meeting, expressed his satisfaction: ''The meeting took place in a good and congenial spirit and the important topics regarding football's present and future were discussed in detail. In these challenging times for all of society, solidarity should not and must not be something we just pay lip service to; instead, it should be something we all demonstrate every day,'' said Görlich, adding: ''The entire group stands alongside the presidium we have elected and has great confidence in both the expertise and the methodology being used to take on the important issues.''

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