Frankfurt - DFL COO Andreas Rettig has asked the supervisory board of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH to release him prematurely from his contract, which expires at the end of 2015. Accordingly, the former club manager (SC Freiburg, 1. FC Köln and FC Augsburg) has now come to an agreement with DFL’s supervisory board under which he will be terminating his service contract effective 30 June of this year. However, in the interests of fair competition, Andreas Rettig will at his own request be stepping down from his duties in March, i.e. before the evaluation of the licensing documents for the upcoming season. From this date on, the “Matches and Licensing” division will be reporting to the DFL’s management chairman on an interim basis.

After explaining the reasons for his decision in detailed conversations with league president Dr. Reinhard Rauball and DFL’s management chairman, Christian Seifert, Andreas Rettig informed DFL staff of his planned departure today. “The past few years at DFL have been informative and interesting for me, allowing me to gain a broader perspective on football. Together with Christian Seifert and a motivated team, we addressed numerous issues aimed at furthering the interests of Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. However, as far as my personal plans are concerned, I have come to the conclusion that my own future lies in club football. It was therefore only logical for me not to seek any renewal of my contract before any specific thought had been given to the future tasks. Objectively, it was the right decision for me to terminate my activities prior to the evaluation of the licensing documents for the upcoming season,” Andreas Rettig explains.

“Given his successful activities over the last two years, the supervisory board greatly regrets Andreas Rettig’s decision; at the same time, however, we respect his personal plans. We thank him most sincerely for his contribution to German league football and its 36 clubs and wish him all the best for his professional and personal future,” said Dr. Reinhard Rauball in his capacity as chairman of DFL’s supervisory board. “Andreas Rettig generated important impetus for DFL – for example in connection with fan matters and also the introduction of the goal line technology. We are grateful to him for this. We will be using the next few weeks to jointly ensure a smooth transition,” Christian Seifert explained.