German football club SV Wilhelmshaven (SVW) won a case before the German Federal Court (BGH) today concerning the lawfulness of a penalty based on FIFA.
Due to the non-payment of training compensations for an international transfer of a player, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee had decided on the enforced relegation of the SVW. After the CAS had affirmed this penalty, the North German Football Association (NFV) had implemented the relegation. While further complaints remained unsuccessful, the SVW won before the Higher Regional Court in Bremen (OLG), which considered the enforced relegation to be unlawful. Today, the BGH confirmed the OLG’s judgement.