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11 Jan 2022

Club Nr. 12, an association of active FC Bayern fans

Short update on FC Bayern’s annual general meeting (AGM), partnership with Qatar and human rights

Qatar’s sponsorship deal with FC Bayern was omnipresent at the AGM. The days before and during the meeting, the managing board’s handling of club member Michael Ott's "Qatar motion" - which called on the club to allow its partnership with Qatar to expire and not extend it beyond 2023 - caused incomprehension among a large number of club members.

First, the club had tried to ignore the motion, then it was argued in court whether it was admissible and finally even a spontaneous motion at the AGM was not admitted. A right to which the members of FC Bayern are entitled to according to the statutes was simply ignored by the board. Even a debate on the topic of Qatar and its partnership with FC Bayern was denied and the AGM was abruptly ended by President Herbert Hainer. The right of the members of FC Bayern to speak, which is only possible once a year at the AGM, was thus denied.