Fan alliance criticizes playoff plans

The fan alliance “Unsere KURK” vehemently opposes the idea of ​​introducing master playoffs in the Bundesliga.

“It is significant that a new game format is being discussed instead of tackling the actual problems that lead to a lack of competition at the top,” it said in a statement responding to a dpa request.

“We don’t need any new formats and competitions that flush more money into football through even more marketing. We finally need regulations that ensure the integrity of the competition,” explained “Unsere Curve”.

This includes a more even distribution of TV money as well as the introduction of national financial fair play, “the urgently needed cap” on salaries in football and the prevention of multiple investments.

Donata Hopfen, the new head of the German Football League (DFL), had brought up the playoffs. “The league would of course be more attractive if it had more competition at the top,” said the 45-year-old in an interview with “Bild am Sonntag” with a view to FC Bayern Munich’s possible tenth title in a row. “If playoffs help us, then we’ll talk about playoffs. But we mustn’t forget that Bayern have done a super job in recent years.”

Even Bayern board member Oliver Kahn is open to possible championship playoffs. “I find it exciting to think about new models like playoffs for the Bundesliga,” said the boss of the German record champions “kicker”.

“A format in the Bundesliga with semi-finals and finals would mean excitement for the fans. So it makes sense to play through such an idea. We at FC Bayern are always open to new ideas,” said the 52-year-old. According to a “kicker” survey within the Bundesliga, playoffs are rejected by a majority.


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