Criminal sports law

Athletes and sports clubs increasingly stand in the crosshairs. The public prosecutor´s office as well as sports associations are threatening investigations. Legislators have also discovered sports: doping, the manipulation of professional sports competitions and fraudulent betting now are criminal offences. These cases may involve searches as well as a public trial.

Everyone knows what a red card is. The consequences of such a ban are far-reaching. An athlete is no longer allowed to practice his profession, his employer can no longer utilize him. Plan A – Criminal law firm therefore defends athletes and clubs in proceedings under association criminal law.

Clubs are also investigated. Examples include penalties for fan riots, pyrotechnics or errors in stadium security. Sanctions are usually severe. New and increasingly complicated normative requirements make the regulatory situation confusing. Plan A – Criminal law firm develops ways out of the regulatory thicket through utilizing sports criminal law compliance for clubs and associations.

Plan A – Criminal law firm follows developments in sports criminal law closely and critically via LinkedIn.



  • Ingo Bott: one year working in the management of a current second division soccer club.
  • Ingo Bott: Criminal appraisal for the supervisory board of a current Bundesliga soccer club
  • Ingo Bott: during studies freelancer for the kicker sports magazine (z.B.: