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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