Bremen (AP) – Werder Bremen’s president, Hubertus Hess-Grunewald, has campaigned for changes in professional football and has made the German football league responsible.
“The DFL would do well to send out a clear signal that it has noticed social criticism and impulses and that changes are taking place,” said the 60-year-old in an interview with the “Weser-Kurier”. “It should send the signal: we got it, we got the message! That would be very important,” said Hess-Grunewald, adding, “It would be fatal if everything ended up remaining as it is. and ran the risk of losing many fans.
Hess-Grunewald believes that the “Future of Professional Football” Task Force, made up of representatives from football, politics, business and fan scenes, whose working groups first met in August, can play an important role in reform, even without the power to make decisions. “That football is facing this discourse is new,” he said. “And when there are impulses, the DFL can hardly ignore them.”
Hess-Grunewald currently sees the danger of people losing their euphoria and emotions about football because the sport is too far removed from their daily reality. “Football is part of society, so also social and community involvement. This also includes economic sustainability. The clubs must be more robust in the event of financial losses, as we are now experiencing due to the corona pandemic.”