German FA In Turmoil After Embattled President Steps Down
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Wed 12th May 2021 | 11:10 PM
Berlin, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th May, 2021 ) :The German Football Association (DFB) was in turmoil on Wednesday after its embattled president Fritz Keller said he would step down after comparing his own deputy to a notorious Nazi-era judge.
"President Fritz Keller has made a personal decision...that he is ready in principle to resign," the DFB said in a statement late Tuesday.
Keller sparked outrage and calls for his resignation after likening DFB vice-president Rainer Koch to Roland Freisler, the infamous head of the Nazi party's court in the 1940s, during a meeting last month.
The 64-year-old later apologised to Koch, acknowledging that his words were "totally inappropriate, notably towards the victims of Nazism", but is now set to step down next Monday, after facing a DFB tribunal to explain his comments.
In their statement on Tuesday, the DFB announced it was "laying the foundations for a new orientation".
General secretary Friedrich Curtius was also set to resign, while Koch and treasurer Stephan Osnabruegge would not put themselves up for re-election in 2022, the federation said.
The changing of the guard in the boardroom comes with the DFB already in the midst of upheaval in its sporting leadership.
The hunt is also on for a new president.
- Hoeness linked to vacancy - Former Bayern president Uli Hoeness, ex-Germany coach Ruedi Voeller and 2014 World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm have all also been mentioned as possible replacements.
Keller's predecessor Reinhard Grindel stepped down in April 2019 after it was revealed he had accepted the gift of a luxury watch from Ukrainian Grigori Surkis, a former colleague of Grindel's on UEFA's executive committee.
In turn, Grindel replaced Wolfgang Niersbach, who resigned in November 2015 amid accusations the DFB used a secret fund of 10 million Swiss francs (6.7 million Euros, $8 million, according to the exchange rate at that time) in 2000 to buy the right to host the 2006 World Cup.