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.

24.

Seven referees said they expect to have to make payments. All 41

referees of the Bundesliga and second division were included in the

DFB’s survey.

”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

investigation.

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.