The DFB is to be led by a president for the first time. A network of prominent women is promoting this. The case against ex-boss Keller was discontinued.
The ailing men’s economy is to come to an end with the closed “basement chapter”: After Fritz Keller escaped punishment by the sports court by resigning from the office of president, plans for more women power in the executive suite, including the crisis-ridden DFB, are increasing the pressure to reform the remaining ranks of suit wearers.
While the proceedings against Keller because of the Nazi scandal he triggered were only suspended on Wednesday because a ban after his departure would have “run nowhere”, the women pushed forward. Nine celebrities are calling for far-reaching changes in a position paper entitled “Football can do more” – and Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb and Co. also have a new DFB President in their luggage.
Former national goalkeeper Katja Kraus should inherit Keller according to the wishes of her supporters. The former board member of Hamburger SV was chosen by the women’s alliance – which includes ex-referee Steinhaus-Webb, national goalkeeper Almuth Schult, ZDF journalist Claudia Neumann and the former ran presenter Gaby Papenburg – to move the torn association into a better future to lead.
Although Kraus is still a little hesitant, the 50-year-old is probably ready for the “takeover”. “I have no ambition for any office,” said the agency’s managing director Time online: “Of course, a demand for change is also an obligation to take responsibility. I take a very careful look at where, under what circumstances and, above all, in what constellations I would do it.”
Papenburg: Kraus “perfect” DFB presidential candidate
According to Papenburg, the fact that the DFB is deeply in crisis after the third resignation of a president in a row and a month-long power struggle can be a “stroke of luck” for the ambitions of the women. “Many have recognized that this leadership team is a hermetic system. This system is in the process of crumbling itself. And this is our great opportunity to set something against it,” said Papenburg, who is himself the president of the Berlin football team. Association (BFV).
Specifically, the alliance calls for more female top executives in its paper: “Women in management positions demonstrably increase the likelihood of meeting future challenges with new solutions, recognizing structural weaknesses more quickly and questioning patterns of action that they have not established themselves.”
Among other things, the concept requires a binding quota of women of 30 percent in management positions at football associations by 2024. This is exactly how it should look in the supervisory boards and executive floors of all clubs in the men’s and women’s profiles. The eight required rules “in terms of gender equality” also include the “consistent sanctioning of all forms of sexism and discrimination”.
For women, it is a matter of depicting society in football, which has so far been largely male-dominated. According to Kraus, the “gain through diversity is proven”. For them it is therefore also clear that the tragedy at the DFB in the past few weeks “would not have happened if women had been at least part of the team”.
The women are aware of the fact that those who are forever yesterday at the association are suspicious of the initiative. Kraus and Papenburg have already reported attempts to disturb or intimidate members or supporters of the network. “It’s amazing that we have to talk about something like this, after all we are not a terrorist cell, but women who are committed to gender equality,” said Kraus.