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The Daily Bee (August 1st, 2017): Hannover topples 50+1 rule

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  • Emre Mor for sale?

Borussia Dortmund currently has a lot of depth at the winger position which means some of the younger guys won’t get a lot of playing time.

That is exactly why Emre Mor has been consistently linked with a move away from the black and yellows. As it stands Mor would not get a lot of playing time with Dembélé, Pulisic, Philipp and Schürrle in front of him on the depth chart, in addition to Reus once he’s back.

While a loan-move seemed likely all summer long, it seems that Dortmund are now willing to sell him for the right price. That price is 20€ million.

Whew. That is a lot of money for someone who has flashed talent but hasn’t really proven himself on the big stage yet. And yet there are still reports of certain clubs being interested. According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, one of them is AC Fiorentina who offered 12€ million for the young winger, an offer that was swiftly rejected by Dortmund.

  • BVB linked to Gray

First BVB got linked to Jadon Sancho, now they are linked to the next English young talent. Demarai Gray from Leicester City apparently does not want to stay with the surprise Premier League champions from a year ago and according to Sky Sports, Dortmund are one of the clubs that are interested.

Honestly while Sancho seems like a real possibility, this rumor seems like pure name dropping to get a better contract or incite interest from other clubs.

  • 50+1 toppled in Hannover

First of all. if you don’t know, the 50+1 rule is the rule that prevents investors from taking over clubs in Germany. In layman’s terms, every club has to own a majority stake at all times and can’t sell a controlling interest to an investor.

That rule was under scrutiny a few times in recent years and in some cases there are exceptions to the rule like Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg where companies hold a majority stake in the clubs or RB Leipzig and TSG Hoffenheim where the situation is even more muddled.

Now we can add Hannover 96 to the list. A special rule from the DFL allows the 50+1 rule to be toppled in favor of a person if said person has been at the club for over 20 years and has contributed to their achievements in that period. This was now the case with Martin Kind in Hannover.

Kind has been with the club since 1997 and after a vote from the board has now been named the majority shareholder of Hannover 96’s football operations. However this is still a bit different from the other Bundesliga exceptions (or investors in other leagues). Kind will not be allowed to sell his shares to any person without the consent of the club and he can’t sell a majority of the shares to any foreign investor.

In other words, while this is a new development it still doesn’t mean we’ll see Hannover take a similar journey from irrelevancy to international glory like PSG, ManCity or Chelsea did when investors took over.

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