Former national goalkeeper and official Katja Kraus has once again signaled her willingness to take over the vacant presidency of the crisis-ridden German Football Association (DFB). “If you make demands, then I think it is part of taking responsibility at one point,” the 50-year-old told im Deutschlandfunk.
But Kraus wants to be more than “just” the successor of the resigned Fritz Keller. “No candidate for the presidency will be able to change anything if the structures and governance guidelines remain as they are at the moment,” said the managing director of a sports marketing agency.
It can only be done in a team and with trust in decision-makers. These people should have “competence, integrity and passion for the development of this wonderful game”.
Kraus attested to the association that he had “a lot of catching up to do” when it came to “the issue of gender equality”.
On Wednesday, Kraus and eight other prominent women from football published a position paper entitled “Football can do more”. In it, the group makes eight demands in terms of gender equality, including a quota of women of 30 percent in management positions at football associations.