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Fans 'at the heart' of German football clubs

It has been a triumphant week for German football - with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund beating the Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions league semi-finals.

The two German clubs will probably get to compete at Wembley in the final.

As a result, some are now questioning whether British clubs should be copying the Germans.

Christian Purslow, former managing director of Liverpool Football Club told the Today programme: "It was always the case that German clubs were essentially owned by their fans.

"That was modified to permit up to half the club to be owned by single interest groups, commercial groups, to encourage investment.

"But essentially these club have a casting vote residing with their fans.

"As a result, these clubs are well run financially, there's very little debt, and most importantly - fans are at the heart of business strategy."

First broadcast on the Today programme on Friday 26 April.

  • 26 Apr 2013
  • From the section UK