German football boss Keller offers to resign after Nazi remark | Taiwan News
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German Football Association President Fritz Keller has announced he will resign after being criticized for comparing a colleague to a Nazi-era judge.
The federation said Tuesday that Keller had expressed “that he was ready in principle … to step down” on May 17.
Keller compared federation vice president Rainer Koch to Nazi-era judge Roland Freisler at a federation meeting on April 23. This prompted state and regional officials to cast a vote of no confidence in Keller’s leadership.
Freisler, a participant in the 1942 Wannsee Conference, was one of the Nazis responsible for organizing the Holocaust. He became president of the People’s Court, where he handed down around 2,600 death sentences against opponents of the Nazi regime.
Koch, who is a judge in a Munich court, and another vice-president, Peter Peters, will be acting co-chairs during a transition period.
The federation also said General Secretary Friedrich Curtius would be leaving. He had previously been involved in power struggles within the federation, including with Keller.
Keller took over as chairman of the federation in 2019 as a reformer after years of financial scandals.
Keller’s predecessor, Reinhard Grindel, resigned after accepting a luxury watch amid allegations of undeclared earnings and general dissatisfaction with its rulers. Former federation presidents Wolfgang Niersbach and Theo Zwanziger were both expelled amid corruption allegations over Germany’s 2006 World Cup bid.
Germany is expected to host the European Championship in 2024.
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