Is Germany’s 50+1 rule the answer to Newcastle’s ownership woes

Is Germany’s 50+1 rule the answer to Newcastle’s ownership woes

As Newcastle United’s ownership problems continue to rage on throughout another barren January transfer window, and talk of new owners does little to inspire confidence, it begs the question of whether a solution may be found slightly further afield than initially considered.

What I am referencing by that statement is Germany’s rather unique 50+1 rule over football club ownership.

A product of how German professional football developed, the ruling in its most basic sense prohibits football club owners from owning more than half – and therefore a majority – of a particular football club. Instead, the majority shareholder in any club must be made up of fee-paying club members. Or, in other words, fans.

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