Two Schalke players prevent Tönnies’ financial return
Stand: 11:22 a.m. | Reading time: 2 minutes
Clemens Tönnies is no longer Head of Adviser at FC Schalke 04. Nevertheless, he wanted to help the club that was lying on the ground. Much to the displeasure of many fans. Now the committees voted on the project.
Dhe FC Schalke 04 apparently does not want to take financial help from the former supervisory board boss Clemens Tönnies in the relegation battle of the Bundesliga. This is what the “Ruhr Nachrichten” reports, among others. Accordingly, there was not a sufficient majority in the royal blues supervisory board on Wednesday evening.
Tönnies had recently offered his help for the financially troubled club. The condition should have been that the board of directors and the supervisory board vote in favor. According to the report, however, two members of the supervisory board were against it.
According to a report by PICTURE Heiner Tümmers and Ulrich Köllmann are said to have cast the two opposing votes. Tümmers represents the interests of fan groups on the supervisory board and has been delegated to the supervisory board by the fan club umbrella organization. Köllmann is the managing director of the largest energy supplier in the region, Emscher Lippe Energie GmbH. He is considered a longtime confidante of the former CFO Peter Peters, who had to leave the club in the summer. According to the report, this was probably due to pressure from Clemens Tönnies.
Tönnies is still a sponsor of the club through one of his companies (“Böklunder”), so it would have been possible to expand this commitment or to extend it early. The aim of the cash injection was to be able to pay for possible player transfers.
The bottom of the table is still looking for reinforcements in attack and in the right-back position in the fight against relegation. Most recently, sports director Jochen Schneider had not categorically ruled out any further financial commitment by Tönnies: “We will clarify and discuss this internally.”
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The 64-year-old meat manufacturer resigned from his offices at FC Schalke on June 30th after several scandals. In 2019 he caused a stir with statements criticized as racist about Africans. In June there was massive criticism of the working conditions there after a corona outbreak in his meat factory. Several fan groups had spoken out against a return of Tönnies, also in the form of a financial injection.