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“If our tax benefits, decreases, no pro club is still profitable

Chairman Pro League predicts financial cemetery when politics gets in the way of benefits

“If our tax benefits, decreases, no pro club is still profitable

Marc Coucke alerts for paniekvoetbal. ‘Tax gunstmaatregelen abolish? Throw the child away with the bathwater.’

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Marc Coucke and Pierre François, the position of the Pro League in the parliamentary Committee for Finance. belga

Chairman Pro League predicts financial cemetery when politics gets in the way of benefits

“If our tax benefits, decreases, no pro club is still profitable

Marc Coucke alerts for paniekvoetbal. ‘Tax gunstmaatregelen abolish? Throw the child away with the bathwater.’

Football

Nico Tanghe

Brussels With its back against the wall. So feel Marc Coucke and Pierre François, chairman and ceo of the Pro League, no doubt after the outbreak of the voetbalschandaal and the operation ‘Clean Hands’. Many political parties see in it a perfect time to the derailed football sector thoroughly against the light.

Not only the deviations in the agents and matchfixing are up for discussion, but also a number of tax gunstmaatregelen that ten years ago were granted. Footballers pay less than social security contributions and the professional clubs get a big discount (80 percent) on the payroll. At least, if they have the money (partly) in the youth groups to invest. So Anderlecht each year, 10 million euro will see it injected, and Club Brugge and Standard each 6 million.

Financial cemetery

The SP.A and CD&V want to tax gunstmaatregel review. ‘Is it normal that a cashier in the supermarket more social security pay a football player?’, asked Roel Dessein of the CD&V itself yesterday during a drukbijgewoonde hearing in the parliamentary Committee for Finance.

Coucke bite, however. “If you know the tax advantages dropped, no pro club is still profitable. Except one last year, maybe. (…) In the Belgian clubs is the big money not to earn, forget that”, he stressed as chairman of the prof league. ‘What arrives, is reinvested in youth groups.’

‘The Belgian clubs made last year, collectively 14 million euro profit’, expecting Marc Coucke. “If the proposal it would come, we would be 68 million euro loss. Without tax gunstmaatregelen tout court , that would be 93 million euros. This way, you create a healthy sector in a financial cemetery’, warned Coucke.

But most politicians were not impressed. Multiple parties, including Green, proposed to the tax gunstmaatregelen yet to revisit it. Not immediately to them to abolish, but to loosen them from the professional football. “Maybe we should the professional clubs directly support or tax gunstmaatregelen link to the opportunities to play gigs of Belgian youth players at the top clubs’, suggested Kristof Calvo.

‘Is it normal that a cashier in the supermarket more social security have to pay a football player?’

Only Open VLD defended the tax gunstmaatregelen. ‘Who came there in 2008 to undeclared work and tax evasion in the professional football. And they were introduced for all sports, not just for the football’, stressed Luk Van Biesen. With beautiful results in just about all team sports: the vrouwenbasket to volley and hockey.’

For the proposals of Coucke to the players ‘ agents to curtail (DS-5 november) , there was an understanding in the committee. But also skepticism. Because there are regional, national and European laws is required to statutes and penalties. And that can take a long time, until 2020.

Coucke don’t want to wait. He wants the 24 professional clubs on 17 december a charter to draw, and that the new arrangements for agents for the wintermercato in the license terms be included.

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