DFB Vice Rainer Koch (l.), Boss Fritz Keller: "He continues to deepen the trenches"
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The Presidium of the Bavarian Football Association (BFV) severely criticized DFB President Fritz Keller after his verbal derailment.
"Fritz Keller is disqualified, he continues to deepen the trenches and pursue polarization," said the BFV after a video conference without its President Rainer Koch.
In a meeting of the DFB Presidium last Friday, Keller had called his Vice Koch "Freisler", a Nazi comparison and for Koch, a civil judge, one of the worst possible insults: As President of the People's Court, Roland Freisler was considered the worst Nazi judge ever.
"With the intolerable statement to the first representative of Bavarian amateur football, Fritz Keller bears sole responsibility for leaving the factual and constructive level in the dispute within the DFB that has been prevalent since the beginning of his presidency," it continued: "The members of the BFV -The Presidium is appalled by the renewed escalation triggered by Fritz Keller within the DFB and its regional and state associations. "
"Keller does not live up to its demands"
Keller had told SPIEGEL through the DFB press department: “Sometimes controversies contain words that should not and should not be allowed to fall. I apologized to Rainer Koch personally in a conversation and in writing for this. He's the size to accept the apology, for which I am grateful. Especially with regard to the victims of National Socialism, the comparison was completely inappropriate. I very much regret all this and will choose my words wisely in future.
In the evening, however, it turned out that the DFB press office and Keller had apparently not told the whole truth.
Koch had not, as reported by the DFB, accepted Keller's apology for the Freisler settlement, but merely "took note of" it and insisted on a personal discussion with Keller the coming weekend.
The Bavarian Association now announced: "With such behavior, which exceeds any limits and cannot be tolerated, he does not meet his own requirements," the BfV said: "The BFV Presidium says Rainer Koch is extreme for him give full support to difficult situations. "
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