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Put to shame yet again by Germans.

Byline: NEIL MOXLEY

Put to shame yet again by Germans FURTHER to last week's column regarding the structural issues that hamper the development of English football, one People Sport reader was moved to point out the licensing system that clubs in Germany must sign up to.

In the top two tiers of the Bundesliga, they have to pass stress tests in several areas of their business, for instance, in administration, infrastructure and financial competence.

If they fail, they are not allowed into the league. Simple.

According to the German FA: "It is the strictest in European football and is held up as exemplary."

As a result, not one club has instigated insolvency proceedings in over half a century.

Given that several of ours - including Leeds United, Portsmouth and Birmingham City - have all fallen foul of financial issues in recent years, it is yet another example of why we have got it so very wrong.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion Columns
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2014
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