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SBD Global/May 12, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Newly Promoted 2nd Bundesliga Club RB Leipzig To Fight DFL License Requirements

Newly promoted 2nd Bundesliga club RB Leipzig "continues to fight the license requirements it received from the German Football League (DFL)," according to Saskia Aleythe of the SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG. The DFL rejected Leipzig's "complaint against the license requirement on Thursday." Club President and Red Bull Founder Dietrich Mateschitz "was outraged about the decision." While the license requirements "are not publicly accessible, it has been reported that the DFL took issue with three points:" the high obstacle of becoming a club member, the club logo that strongly resembles the Red Bull logo and the club's dependency on money from Red Bull. RB Leipzig "has the opportunity to file another complaint within five days." The new complaint, if filed by the club, "would be decided on May 15." The final deadline regarding licensing issues is May 28. A DFL spokesperson said, "We won't communicate anything before May 28 when the licensing committee holds its final meeting" (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, 5/9).
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