Schalke: Members settle accounts with Tönnies, Schneider & Co

Schalke’s members have refused to discharge those responsible for the relegation years at the MV. A sign, but nothing more.

The members of FC Schalke 04 have set a sign: On the General Assembly of the Bundesliga promoted team on Sunday in the Veltins Arena, the actions of the executive and supervisory boards for the 2019 and 2020 financial years were not approved. Even if it is only of symbolic value: The members settle accounts with those who were responsible in 2019 and 2020 – both on the Management Board and on the Supervisory Board.

The discharge of the board is a mere formality at most meetings – on Sunday it was different. Since there was no general meeting in 2020 due to the corona pandemic and the technology went on strike at the 2021 digital meeting, there has not been a vote on the discharge of the Management Board for three years.

Schalke’s members do not follow the recommendation of the current supervisory board

These votes have now been made up for: For 2019 (Christian Heidel, Alexander Jobst, Jochen Schneider and Peter Peters), 2020 (Jobst, Peters, Schneider and Christina Rühl-Hamers) and 2021 (Rühl-Hamers, Peter Knäbel and Bernd Schröder).

A member spoke up and suggested not exonerating the boards and examining whether former board members can be “personally held accountable” and “recourse can be taken”: “The people who almost ruined our association to have.”

The non-discharge of the board in 2019 was clear in the arena. The discharge for 2020 had to be voted on electronically because the result was not quite as clear – 1176 voted in favor, 2070 against. The Executive Board active in 2021 (Knäbel, Rühl-Hamers, Schneider, Jobst), on the other hand, was relieved.

In 2019 Schalke was still playing the Champions League – then the crash followed

The 2019 and 2020 supervisory boards, led by Clemens Tönnies and Jens Buchta, respectively, of which Schalke legend Huub Stevens was also a member, were not discharged either. The current supervisory board led by Axel Hefer, on the other hand, was relieved. However, the former members of the Management Board and Supervisory Board are not being “taken into recourse”, as requested – the non-discharge is a clear sign of disapproval, but nothing more. She has no further consequences.

Schalke started 2019 as a Champions League club, but parted ways with head coach Domenico Tedesco shortly after the end. As interim coach, Huub Stevens led the team to 14th place in the Bundesliga.

Then David Wagner took over, the corona pandemic came in 2020, Schalke crashed sportingly and economically. Schalke managers have since been replaced one by one, and in May S04 managed to get promoted back to the Bundesliga after just a year. Schalke’s members have neither forgotten nor forgiven the crash before.

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