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Canada The DFB and its tax scandals: caught up in the past

21:10  08 october  2020
21:10  08 october  2020 Source:   sport1.de

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Once again the German Football Association is shaken by a tax scandal, the old one is neither cleared up nor closed

Damals war's. Das Präsidium des Organisationskomitees für die Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 2006 in Deutschland: Horst R. Schmidt, Theo Zwanziger, Franz Beckenbauer Wolfgang Niersbach. © Photo: Kunz / dpa Back then it was. The presidium of the organizing committee for the soccer world cup 2006 in Germany: Horst R. Schmidt, Theo Zwanziger, Franz Beckenbauer Wolfgang Niersbach.

Once again, the German Football Association (DFB) is shaken by the charge of tax evasion. The major raid on Wednesday is about suspicion of tax evasion on income from perimeter advertising. The investigators focus on six former and current officials. Because of suspicion of tax evasion in particularly serious cases, the Frankfurt am Main public prosecutor's office searched the association's premises and private apartments of six former or current DFB officials in five federal states on Wednesday.

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Those responsible are said to have "deliberately incorrectly declared income from the perimeter advertising of home international matches of the national soccer team in 2014 and 2015 as income from asset management", as the public prosecutor announced. The DFB thus escaped taxation of around 4.7 million euros.

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It is not the first time that the DFB has been targeted by the public prosecutor. Investigators had already presented themselves to the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt am Main in autumn 2015. The association had booked 6.7 million euros in 2005 as a contribution to a gala of the 2006 World Cup in its own country, which never took place. The money was supposedly used to repay a loan to the former Adidas boss Robert Louis-Dreyfus. Exactly this sum had apparently flowed into Qatar three years earlier in the form of advance payments by Franz Beckenbauer and Louis-Dreyfus to the former Fifa functionary Mohamed bin Hammam.

Suspicion of serious tax evasion: Search of the DFB

 Suspicion of serious tax evasion: Search of the DFB On the day of the international match against Turkey, the DFB received a visit from the public prosecutor - it is about the suspicion of serious tax evasion. © imago images On Wednesday business premises of the DFB were searched. Due to suspicion of tax evasion in particularly serious cases, the Frankfurt / Main public prosecutor's office searched the business premises of the DFB as well as the private apartments of DFB officials on Wednesday.

At the end of October 2017, the Frankfurt tax office decided that the 6.7 million from the DFB to Louis-Dreyfus had been treated "incorrectly" for tax purposes - and imposed a fine of 19.2 million euros. The association also paid for it, but continued to insist that the payment was made operationally.

The Frankfurt public prosecutor's office is currently still pending tax evasion proceedings against the former DFB presidents Wolfgang Niersbach and Theo Zwanziger as well as the longstanding Secretary General Horst R. Schmidt. The public prosecutor accuses them of serious tax evasion. You held leading positions in the organizing committee of the 2006 World Cup. In addition, the Swiss Urs Linsi is accused of assisting the crime as FIFA general secretary.

At the time, the investigators came to the conclusion that the three former DFB officials acting jointly had wrongly declared a payment of 6.7 million euros in the DFB's tax return for 2006 as a business expense and thus claimed it would reduce profits.

The mistrust is huge

 The mistrust is huge Not prosecutors who love the big appearance are a problem for the DFB, but the bad image that it constantly gives off. A comment on the tax affair at the DFB by editor-in-chief Jörg Jakob. © picture alliance The public prosecutor's office searched the business premises of the DFB on suspicion of tax evasion. tax investigators drive up in front of private houses and the association headquarters.

In August 2019, the Frankfurt am Main Higher Regional Court admitted the charges on suspicion of tax evasion. The Higher Regional Court thus revised a decision by the Frankfurt Regional Court, which had refused to open main proceedings in October 2018.

Since the spring of this year, the four former officials no longer have to reckon with hardship from Switzerland. With the expiry of the statute of limitations on April 27th, proceedings against you at the Swiss Federal Court in Bellinzona had failed.

Remains for the quartet the lawsuit on suspicion of tax evasion in Frankfurt. If the regional court comes to the decision again not to open any proceedings, the DFB is entitled to a high tax refund from the Frankfurt tax office. After the non-profit status was withdrawn retrospectively for 2006, the tax office had demanded 19.2 million, which was transferred by the DFB. In addition to interest, the DFB would receive a reimbursement of around 23 million euros if there were no main proceedings or the defendants were acquitted. If the former officials are tried and convicted, they face imprisonment of up to five years or fines.

Even 14 years after the home World Cup, this scandal has neither been cleared up nor closed and is a burden on the current management team around President Fritz Keller. He came to power at the wavering association in September 2019. “It is extremely unsatisfactory, even frustrating, that we still do not have a final picture of the processes in question at the 2006 World Cup. I don't want to accept that, ”said Keller, who is now in demand as a crisis manager.

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