On Friday evening (15.11.19), the annual general meeting of FC Bayern takes place in the Olympiahalle Munich. In advance, a member had submitted a motion for a change of statute. The demand: A commitment to human rights should be included. Already on past member meetings the topic was introduced by word message. Nevertheless, the presidency of FC Bayern rejected the application with the reference to inadmissibility. This is clear from a correspondence that is exclusive to Sport inside.
Demand for amendment of the articles of association
In a letter dated October 11, the petitioner claims that the association is committed to upholding human rights in its statutes. Specifically, it is about a supplement to § 2 of the Articles of Association ("purpose and tasks") to a fourth paragraph:
"The club is committed to upholding human rights in accordance with United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and is committed to protecting those rights."
The reason for this amendment is the role model function and social responsibility of the association.
The presidency of the FC Bayern Munich has decided the request "in the absence of admissibility, not to be treated at the annual general meeting." The explanatory statement states, with reference to the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights of the United Nations: FC Bayern München e.V. "neither under the category state" still he was "a business enterprise in the sense of these guiding principles",
Rejection of the application "unlawful"
For university professor and club law expert Lars Leuschner, the argumentation of Bayern is not tenable: "The Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights of the United Nations can easily be applied to FC Bayern Munich e.V." This applies even more in the light of the fact that the club is the majority shareholder of Bayern Munich AG. The club holds 75 percent of the outsourced professional department, can thus exercise decisive influence.
According to Leuschner, the amendment is admissible since it fulfills all the requirements contained in the statute (form, deadline, reasoning). While no one is required to commit to the guiding principles of the United Nations, "but the decision is up to the members and not the bureau"continues Leuschner. The non-admission of the application was thus "unlawful".
A request from Sport inside Bayern Munich remained unanswered.
The FC Bayern and World Cup host Qatar
Bayern has been repeatedly criticized in the past for pursuing economic interests in Qatar. The club organizes a training camp in Doha every year and the Qatar Airways Qatar Airways is a major sponsor of the club. In the Bayern fan-curve there were in the last years again and again critical banners for this Qatar connection. Organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have also highlighted the precarious human rights situation in Qatar.
In Qatar, nearly 2 million guest workers are currently working under conditions that are sometimes unworthy and exploitative in order to build the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.
As of: 15.11.2019, 11:02