Report uncovers black money trading in amateur football

In amateur football, around 500 million euros in black money are believed to flow each season. This is the result of an ARD research for the documentary “Billion Game Amateur Football – When the Money Comes in an Envelope”, which will be broadcast next Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. on the first.

According to this, a lot of money is paid in the envelope in the amateur leagues, and those involved do not pay any taxes or social security contributions. According to the DFB rules of the game, amateur footballers may not receive more than 250 euros per month in reimbursement of expenses and/or expense allowances.

If the cash flow is higher, an amateur contract must be concluded. These amateur contracts are rare in German amateur football, as research has shown. More than 10,000 players took part in an online survey on the payment culture in amateur football.

According to the survey, it is by no means unusual to earn money with football in the lower leagues. In the seventh division, more than 50 percent of the players are still paid.


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