Under German employment laws anyone aged 17 or younger is not allowed to work past eight o'clock at night. This has thrown up a rather peculiar situation in the Bundesliga, as Hamburg forward Jann-Fiete Arp is 17 years old and by virtue of that needs permission from the law to play after 8 pm in the evening.
The club’s next fixture in the Bundesliga is on Friday, when they take on SC Freiburg with the kick-off scheduled for 2030 Hrs. Hamburg officials have, therefore had to contact local authorities asking for special permission for them to include Arp in their squad.
According to Paragraph 14 of the Juvenile Employment Protection Law, the player needs to be granted permission in order to feature in games that start after 20:00. Minors in Germany cannot be employed before 6:00 in the morning or after 20:00 in the evening.
The authorities in Germany have cleared Arp for the game because there is a clause that makes an exception in the law for theatrical performers and other performers – and they have deemed football as part of the latter.
Arp who has scored twice so far in five games, has been on the radar of various European clubs, will turn 18 in January. Hamburg have not only had him cleared for the game against Freiburg, but also for the next time a similar situation arises that is on December 15th against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Earlier in the year, Arp was in India for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, where he led Germany to the quarter –finals. Arp, played five matches at the World Cup scored five times and registered three assists.