DThe tax affair surrounding the 2006 World Cup has torn a big hole in the box office of the German Football Association (DFB). In the financial year 2017, the association had to accept losses for the first time, to the tune of EUR 20.263 million.
The penalty payment of 22.57 million euros, however, the DFB wants to recover – either from the tax office or by the (alleged) causers of the scandal of Franz Beckenbauer, Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach. "In particular, the subject of damages will continue to accompany us. The DFB will pursue corresponding claims, "said DFB Treasurer Stephan Osnabrügge on Friday. Should the DFB with its objection to the amended tax assessment for the year 2006, in which the association's public interest is denied, fail, the then responsible will be asked to pay.
Although Osnabrügge called no names, but meant by the prosecutor Frankfurt / Main accused former DFB President Zwanziger and Niersbach, the former DFB General Secretary Horst R. Schmidt and former FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi. A procedure has not yet been opened. In addition Beckenbauer comes as the head of organization for the 2006 World Cup. A statute of limitations waiver was agreed with all participants, said Osnabrügge.
DFB Treasurer Stephan Osnabrügge emphasized that the DFB is nevertheless "still healthy" and able to fulfill its "obligations". The association very much hopes "that the economic burdens of the past will allow us to look to the future again," said Osnabrügge: "The DFB has a solid economic foundation that gives us planning security. The DFB emerges strengthened from this crisis. "
In total, the DFB took in 323.928 million euros in 2017 (2016: 290.366 million). This contrasted with expenses of 355.984 million (294.788 million). In the previous year, the DFB still recorded a profit of 7.807 million. In 2017, reserves of 11.703 million (12.329 million) were used on a scheduled basis. Equity fell in 2017 by 31.967 million to just over 155 million. "No sports federation can represent such a one-time burden from the current household, without the result being clearly distorted", said Osnabrügge. The DFB has already appealed against the amended tax assessments.
Background of the additional payment is the still uncleared purpose of the payment of the 6.7 million euro in the year 2005 over the world federation Fifa to the former adidas boss Robert Louis Dreyfus. The DFB had recorded the sum in its tax declaration in 2006 as a contribution to a World Cup gala, which never took place. Involved in the supposed concealment was the former World Cup Organizing Committee.
For "all risks", which could result in a tax audit, the DFB has made provisions in the amount of 17 million euros, said Osnabrügge. A high cost factor in the future will be the DFB Academy, which will cost up to 150 million and should be built by the beginning of 2021. Half of it wants the DFB with equity, the other half on loans. In 2017, the Academy project cost 1.25 million.