Bundesliga referees respond to tax evasion query
None of the 49 referees interviewed following a widespread
income tax investigation expect to face legal proceedings, the
German Football Federation said Thursday.
DFB President Theo Zwanziger said it was ”a very positive
signal” that the referees ”acted so cooperatively” after being
asked to clarify their tax affairs following the launch of an
investigation by the public prosecutor’s office in Augsburg on Oct.
Seven referees said they expect to have to make payments. All 41
referees of the Bundesliga and second division were included in the
”We have no reason to doubt the declarations of our referees,”
referees’ commission chairman Herbert Fandel said.
The dapd news agency said about 70 active and retired referees
who transferred money to foreign accounts are the subject of the
The DFB said it was taking steps to protect referees’ integrity,
including the requirement – from next season – of police
certificates of conduct for referees and referees’ assistants.
Meanwhile, an ”integrity survey” is to be developed to
determine referees’ suitability for continued employment.