Patrick Schult v. German Soccer Federation


The German Soccer Federation (DFB) achieved another important legal victory with Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

In January 15, 2019 ruling (2 Ca 227/18), the 2nd Chamber of Verden Labor Court, chaired by Judge Trautmann, dismissed the complaint brought by former referee Patrick Schult against the DFB and established that referees are not employees. The DFB, represented in court by Vice President Ronny Zimmermann, is particularly pleased that the court expressly neither recognized an employment relationship in the (framework) referee agreements nor in the individual game orders. This means that referees may not request removal of the time limit of their contracts under the German Part-Time and Fixed-Term Contracts Act or employment as employees.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised the German Soccer Federation (DFB) with Johan-Michel Menke (Picture).

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

Law Firms: Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Clients: Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V.;