DFB President Fritz Keller was asked to resign in the power struggle after his Nazi settlement by the heads of the state and regional associations. As the DFB announced on Sunday after a two-day crisis summit in Potsdam, the DFB boss and general secretary Friedrich Curtius had been withdrawn from trust. Vice-President Rainer Koch and Treasurer Stephan Osnabrügge, on the other hand, had expressed the confidence of the regional leaders.
“The Conference of Presidents of the Regional and State Associations disapproves of the comparison made by DFB President Fritz Keller between 1st Vice President Rainer Koch and Nazi judge Roland Freisler,” said a statement (the detailed voting results, see below).
Such a statement was “completely unacceptable and stunned us. It is condemned in the strongest possible terms. The President’s statement is incompatible with the principles and values of the associations.”
On the sidelines of the meeting there was a discussion between Keller and Koch. However, Keller’s apology was still not accepted by Koch. “Fritz Keller and I exchanged a detailed, respectful conversation in which he once again conveyed his apology to me,” Koch was quoted as saying by the DFB.
“I have accepted this apology. I leave an assessment of the matter to the responsible bodies and therefore don’t want to comment on the matter further.”
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Curtius, Osnabrügge and Koch, who from Keller’s point of view can be assigned to the opposing camp, had also recently come under pressure. At the center of the conflict is an opaque and high-value contract with a communications consultant from 2019, which the trio is said to have initiated according to the Süddeutscher Zeitung.
“During the conference, the following points were decided in secret votes *:
With regard to the statements made by Fritz Keller in the Presidium meeting on April 23, 2021, the conference makes the following statement:
‘The Conference of the Presidents of the Regional and State Associations disapproves of the comparison made by DFB President Fritz Keller between 1st Vice President Rainer Koch and Nazi judge Roland Freisler. Such a statement is completely unacceptable and stunned us. It is condemned in the strongest possible terms. The regional and state associations of the DFB stand for a democratic, tolerant and diverse society. The President’s statement is incompatible with the principles and values of the associations. ‘
The conference respects that those affected by the decisions, Fritz Keller and Dr. Friedrich Curtius, do not want to comment directly on this and have asked for time to think about it.