Hoffenheim threatens punishment by UEFA
Hoffenheim’s patron Dietmar Hopp’s investment could have consequences. An expert expects consequences. The club stays calm. According to a report by n-tv, Dietmar Hopp, patron of TSG Hoffenheim, may have pumped too much money into the club in recent years. The broadcaster refers to the club’s 2012 to 2015 deals. According to this, Hopp has invested 56.12 million euros in the association as a dormant partner. Ludwig Hierl, professor and author of books on the balance sheet analysis of football clubs, estimates the permissible limit at”10 to 15 million per year”. Hopp’s “loss absorption” could have been about that, which is why Hierl considers a penalty for the Kraichgau team, who achieved qualification for the royal class by finishing fourth, to be possible.”The punishment will hardly be an exclusion from the Champions League qualification, but since loss absorption is at least questionable in this amount, a different sanction such as a fine will probably be imposed,” he said. The German Federal Gazette does not yet include this balance sheet, and expert Hierl considers the economic future of the club to be “absolutely positive”. Hoffenheim could achieve the goal of “owning an economically self-sustaining professional football club that belongs to the European Beletage”, he said at n-tv. Previously, there had been reports of a possible Champions League ban by RB Leipzig in recent weeks. Critics see this as a violation of UEFA’s competition code. If UEFA were to come to the conclusion that such a constellation would exist in the case of Leipzig and Salzburg, the Bundesliga club would have to be excluded from the Champions League in accordance with the statutes.