Customs officials searched the premises of FC Augsburg on Tuesday. The reason: The public prosecutor’s office is investigating suspected wage splitting and the under-wage of trainers and employees in the youth sector.
As the main customs office in Augsburg announced, the investigation is about the “employment and remuneration modalities of part-time or voluntary football coaches”. It is expressly pointed out that the professional department is not involved in the allegations.
According to their own information, customs were on site with 61 employees in three objects – including the Fuggerstadt-based office. “The officials came to take documents with them for review,” confirmed the FCA in a message: “Of course, FC Augsburg is fully cooperating with colleagues from the authorities, but at the same time asks for your understanding that no further information can be given due to the ongoing proceedings. “
According to reports, the investigations concern the suspicion of wage splitting among employees who are paid by both the eV and the outsourced KGaA. It will be examined whether the payment of the employees is legal.
FCA raid: WDR report got the ball rolling
In the KGaA, the teams are organized from professionals to U17, the younger junior teams are part of the registered association. A few employees are active in both areas. According to reports, the FCA is on a clean path.
The stumbling block for the investigation had a report by WDR-Magazine “Sport Inside” given in the spring. There had been reports of wage dumping among young coaches in various professional clubs, including the FCA.
A youth trainer from Augsburg had stated that the payment was disproportionate to the workload and also had to be tricked when billing by time sheet in order to comply with the requirements.