Borussia Dortmund chief Watzke attacks Premier League foreign owners

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has launched a fresh attack on the Premier League.

BVB face Manchester City in the Champions League this week.

Bundesliga clubs have to adhere to the '50 per cent plus one' rule, which means they are owned by their members, whereas several top-flight English clubs have been bought by individuals, or companies, from overseas.

Watzke told the Guardian: "I am a little bit romantic, and that is not romantic.

"In England people seem not to be interested in this - at Liverpool they are fine for the club to belong to an American. But the German is romantic: when there is a club, he wants to have the feeling it is my club, not the club of Qatar or Abu Dhabi."

He added: "Germans want to have that sense of belonging. When you give [the supporters] the feeling that they are your customers, you have lost. In Germany, we want everybody to feel it is their club, and that is really important.

"In former times in England I think the relationship between the club and supporters was very strong. Our people come to the stadium like they are going to their family. Here, the supporters say: it's ours, it's my club."

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