NAfter FC Basel recently made headlines with its sporting loss of importance and demonstrations by its fans against its own club leadership, it is now unclear who is in charge of the former Swiss soccer series champions. Former Basel professional David Degen, who played for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 2006/07 season, caused a stir on Monday. “David Degen exercises the right of first refusal and takes over the majority of shares in FC Basel Holding AG,” the former winger announced in a press release.
Degen landed a coup by obtaining a super-provisional measure before the civil court in Basel-Stadt. This forbids the previous club owner, Bernhard Burgener, from selling his majority share to anyone other than Degen, who once wrested a right of first refusal from the film entrepreneur.
But Burgener is not thinking of giving in. Less than an hour later, FC Basel published a message on its social media channels stating that “Bernhard Burgener did not transfer shares to David Degen”. Degen responded with another message on Monday evening, in which he confirmed his claim: “Today we were able to prevent the sale of FC Basel to Basel Dream & Vision AG. In line with the cause, I did everything to save FC Basel. “
In the past few weeks, the anger of Basel fans had ignited just as much at this letterbox company Basel Dream & Vision AG as at the demotion of the previous team captain Valentin Stocker. Burgener is apparently planning a joint venture with the British financial group Centricus through this new company. Bad experiences of Swiss professional football clubs with foreign investors and the sum of 200 million Swiss francs that Centricus allegedly wants to invest in FC Basel raised the alarm bells among the supporters.
In this constellation, it is not inconvenient for the bustling David Degen to present himself as the savior of the “institution” FC Basel. With his previous entrepreneurial commitments and his very aggressive communication on Instagram, he also arouses skepticism. But there is no other alternative to the unpopular club owner in sight. The question of who FC Basel belongs to is now threatened by a lengthy legal dispute.