The Volleyball Bundesliga will deny United Volleys Frankfurt the Bundesliga license. The club lacks sponsors. But there will be no bankruptcy, the Hessians promise.
The United Volleys Frankfurt will probably not be part of the upcoming Bundesliga season. A related article FAZ, which first reported on it, coincides with the information from hr-sport. The league will not grant the financially troubled Hessians a license for the new season.
The Volleys received a corresponding notification on Wednesday evening. The Hessians now have three days to raise an objection. However, the chances that Frankfurt will remain in the Bundesliga are more than slim. “It looks up-to-date,” Volleys Managing Director Alexander Korosek told hr-sport on Thursday morning.
Korosek will check the legal situation
The Hessians already violated license requirements in the past season. The league subsequently deducted more than six points from them in the spring. The VBL is said not to have agreed to the licensing documents submitted for the new season either. The flaws are said to be so fundamental that the league was unable to turn a blind eye.
Korosek has known about the league’s point of view since Tuesday. Of course, the sports patron is not happy about that. According to him, there was an agreement according to which the volleys could still submit the missing evidence of their profitability by July 11th. He can’t really explain why the VBL has pushed ahead after all. He now wants to have the legal situation checked.
The sponsors are missing
Whether that can save the future of Frankfurt volleyball is more than questionable. As early as mid-June, the managing director had publicly stated that Frankfurt only had a 50 percent chance of staying in the league. There are simply no sponsors for the Bundesliga club.
It is important for Korosek to emphasize: “We are not talking about bankruptcy here. Our liabilities can be serviced.” The volleys will continue to exist. Only in the Bundesliga will they not play next season. Whether to try a restart in a lower league is to be discussed internally on Friday.
The volleys are not isolated
The Volleys would not be the first Bundesliga club to have to withdraw from the top division in recent years. In 2020, three clubs were hit: Volleys Eltmann, TV Rottenburg and Alpenvolleys Haching. The Volleyball Bisons Bühl followed in 2021.
The VBL had actually made up its mind to keep growing. Up to 16 clubs, i.e. the hope, should soon compete against each other in the Bundesliga. Those responsible are now a long way from this side. If the United Volleys Frankfurt also have to give up, there are still eight Bundesliga clubs left.
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