Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. (DFB) successfully fends off appeal by referee Dittrich


Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek represented the Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. on the appeal

In its March 15, 2018 judgment (Case: 9 Sa 1399/16), Hesse Regional Labor Court ruled that no employment relationship exists between Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. and Dr. Dittrich, so that Dr. Dittrich may not invoke Section 14 German Part-Time and Fixed-Term Contracts Act and may not demand continued employment as an employee. The Regional Labor Court thus confirms the September 14, 2016 judgment of Frankfurt am Main Labor Court (Case: 6 Ca 1686/16) and follows the arguments of the DFB in the appeal. The Regional Labor Court arrived at the conclusion that a referee is not subject to employment law directives of the DFB and is not integrated into the DFB work organization, either.

DFB Vice President Ronny Zimmermann, who is responsible for refereeing, said: “It is gratifying to see that the Hessian State Labor Court confirms the legal opinion of the DFB in this clear form that referees are not association employees. As in the recent case of former Mainz goalkeeper Heinz Müller, the ruling once again underlines the special features in sports. We will make a detailed assessment of the judgment once we receive the written grounds.”

Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. manages football teams and leagues/tournaments. The Association, led by Reinhand Grindel, Rainer Koch, Reinhard Rauball, Stephan Osnabrügge, Christian Seifert , Peter Peters, Harald Strutz, Peter Frymuth, Rainer Milkoreit, Ronny Zimmermann , Hans-Dieter Drewitz , Hannelore Ratzeburg , Eugen Gehlenborg, Friedrich Curtius, Hansi Flick, Oliver Bierhoff and Egidius Braun was founded in 1949 and is based in Frankfurt, Germany.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised the Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. with Johan-Michel Menke (Picture) and Thomas Schulz.

Involved fees earner: Johan-Michel Menke – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Thomas Schulz – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Law Firms: Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Clients: Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V.;