Financial Fair Play: Hopp shoots at critic
Hoffenheim’s patron, Hoffenheim’s patron, cannot understand rumours that the TSG is threatened with a fine for disregarding financial fair play. The rule is a blessing for the club. Dietmar Hopp, patron of TSG Hoffenheim, has spoken out fiercely against rumours that his club is facing a punishment for disregarding financial fair play:”We have dealt with financial fair play in a time when many people have not yet understood what it is all about. You can be sure that we haven’t gotten caught up in this,”said the 77-year-old at a press conference. n-tv, a few weeks ago, had claimed that Hopp may have pumped too much money into the club in recent years. Even if an alleged expert blustered the other day that we could get into trouble,”he said,” it may have been a violation of UEFA’s statutes. The professor and author of the book on the balance sheet analysis of football clubs had stated in the above-mentioned report that he considers it possible to impose a penalty for those Kraichgau residents who achieved the qualification to the top division by finishing fourth. If UEFA does this with a sense of proportion, financial fair play is an absolute blessing for everyone, especially the youngsters,”TSG will be playing in a European competition for the first time this coming season.