DBU closes the ticket scandal – Ekstra Bladet

They are still clapping in Jysk Musikteater in Silkeborg.

Cheers and applause stood in line when Danish football was gathered for the annual meeting of the Board of Representatives.

Record profit of DKK 85.9 million DKK, lots of investments in Danish football. Joy and smile across the board. Everything is in its most beautiful order, if one is to take the re-elected chairman Jesper Møller’s words for good goods.

Because it has never gone better in Danish football, you have to understand the chairman.

There were no counter-candidates, so Jesper Møller was re-elected for four more years as chairman of DBU. Photo: Claus Bonnerup.

But beneath the surface lurk a few cases that show that they are good at clapping, but agree on everything, they are far from in the Danish football family.

The judges stayed away from the meeting because they are unhappy with the cooperation with the DBU. A new agreement is not in place. The split is also palpable at the broad clubs, where the vision of one East and West is doomed after DBU Copenhagen has said no to the merger plans.

And then there’s the ticket scandal. The case of purchasing six Champions League tickets for the final in 2016. Jesper Møller ordered the tickets, they were deducted from his salary. But when he did not have to use them, Deputy Director Kenneth Reeh took over the tickets.

Jesper Møller mentioned the ticket case in his oral report, and now he will not spend more time on that case. Photo: Claus Bonnerup.
Jesper Møller mentioned the ticket case in his oral report, and now he will not spend more time on that case. Photo: Claus Bonnerup.

The DBU booked the expense as an operation, but only after massive media coverage did the DBU send out bills to the six who had bought the expensive tickets for 440 euros apiece. There was an apology. An error had occurred.

Jesper Møller mentioned that case in his oral report

– We have control of the pants. This applies to football, the organization, our investments and the economy. The atmosphere is really good, Jesper Møller started.

– But there have been some cases, and here it is better the chairman gets beaten up before the DBU. That is why we must constantly pay attention to making things better.

– We are in favor of openness and a critical press and must live with the mention of the ticket case. We’re trying to move on. For that case, we closed one year ago, said Jesper Møller to the 140 people present.

Jesper Møller was pleased with the great result with a record profit, but there are also challenges to think about. The relationship with the judges is bad and the breadth can not agree on a deal. Photo: Claus Bonnerup.
Jesper Møller was pleased with the great result with a record profit, but there are also challenges to think about. The relationship with the judges is bad and the breadth can not agree on a deal. Photo: Claus Bonnerup.

Prior to the meeting, an e-mail had been circulated anonymously to the Board of Representatives with accusations against chairman Jesper Møller to cover up the crap case with the purchase of the six tickets. It had otherwise got the whole arm under the headline: ‘Mandate fraud and blackout in DBU’

But the anonymous people who had circulated the mail had crawled into a pilot’s hideout and did not speak at Sunday’s meeting.

Therefore, Jesper Møller received no critical questions from the Board of Representatives for the ticket case.

After the second re-election as chairman, he stood up to explain himself to the media.

Jesper Møller, why do not you want to make an independent investigation of the whole ticket case?

– We do not want that because we believe that there is no need to investigate anything. We have had that view for one year. Nothing new has happened in fact since April last year.

– And we had a management and legal, critical audit that has reviewed our accounts. The case is closed for us. It has been for one year after we have taken note of the briefing.

– I’m well aware that it interests you. But look at our Board of Representatives. There is no desire for anything in that case. No one asks us to do anything.

Jesper Møller and the two vice-chairmen - Bent Claus and Thomas Christensen. Photo: Claus Bonnerup.
Jesper Møller and the two vice-chairmen – Bent Claus and Thomas Christensen. Photo: Claus Bonnerup.

What do you think of the anonymous email that was sent around one month ago where you are being attacked?

– I have talked to many football people in recent days. Anonymous inquiries are something footballers do not like. Many have reacted to it to me.

– We say things straight to each other in the world of football. We do not send anonymous letters.

You say that you have taken note of the ticket case. What do you mean by that?

– The way the management has handled the case and closed it.

What do you think if a number of politicians want an investigation into the matter?

– If the politicians have based their positions on some factually incorrect circumstances from the media, then it is clear that they are reaching that result. If the politicians want something from us, they will probably contact us directly.

– The case is completely closed for us. We disagree with the factual account of the case, which has been presented in the media. And now I do not want to spend more time on that case, says Jesper Møller.

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