Thursday, November 25, 2021
The court rejects the complaint
Bavaria has for the time being calm before the Qatar application
Bayern member Michael Ott wants to advise on sponsoring by Qatar at the annual general meeting of the Bundesliga soccer team. The association rejects this and is now backed by the regional court. Otts’ complaint is rejected.
An application against the Qatar sponsorship of FC Bayern Munich will not be voted on at the annual general meeting of the German record champions. Just a few hours before the meeting scheduled for 7 pm in the Munich Audi Dome, the 13th civil chamber of the Munich I Regional Court “rejected the immediate appeal against the decision of the Munich District Court” for “an addition to the agenda with regard to sponsorship by Qatar Airlines”.
FC Bayern is therefore not obliged to “advise on further sponsorship by Qatar Airlines” at the upcoming general meeting, as the court announced on request. As a justification, the regional court stated “that the addition to the agenda was rejected because the general meeting is not responsible for the deliberation and resolution mentioned according to the association’s articles of association”.
Within the structure of the association, the management and thus also the issue of sponsoring for the soccer field are exempt from the responsibility of the executive committee and thus the responsibility of the general assembly through the association’s statutes. The decision of the regional court is binding.
Bayern member and initiator Michael Ott wanted to get the issue addressed at the meeting. He announced that he would “try a spontaneous proposal” at the meeting. “All is not lost,” wrote Ott on Twitter. The subject of Qatar could still come up in speeches in the evening. Numerous Bayern fans are bothered by the high-value partnership with the Qatari airline because of the controversial human rights issue in the host country of the next soccer World Cup. The club should put pressure on FC Bayern AG that the million dollar contract, which runs until 2023, is terminated and not extended.