DFB President Fritz Keller has criticized the procedure in the Heiko Vogel case and promised the footballers his support. After a digital video conference with national team captain Alexandra Popp and goalkeeper Almuth Schult, Keller explained: “It was a valuable and open exchange about the stones that are being put in the way of our female soccer players. Some of them are still structurally disadvantaged is not acceptable. “
The behavior of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s U23 coach, who had become “abusive” towards assistant referees, was called “impossible” by the President of the German Football Association (DFB).
Keller found the sanction imposed by the West German Football Association (WDFV) to train a women’s team “incomprehensible”. This is “only an expression of thought patterns that are unfortunately still far too widespread in football today,” said Keller: “It is all the more important that we all continue to fight against it together.
After the incident during a regional league game against SV Bergisch Gladbach at the end of January, Vogel was fined 1500 euros and an indoor ban for two games by the WDFV Association Court. In addition, the WDFV formulated it was “imposed” on him to lead six training units for a women’s or girls’ team.
In an open letter at the weekend, the players of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga expressed their lack of understanding and asked the DFB to act. DFB Vice President Hannelore Ratzeburg had also criticized the judgment, which the WDFV Presidium wants to review.