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Escalation in the DFB dispute: Keller disqualifies himself

2021-04-29T15:40:21.463Z

The relationship crisis between DFB President Fritz Keller and DFB Vice President Rainer Koch has reached a temporary low. In a meeting of the presidium, Keller compared the cook, which he had long since disliked, with the Nazi henchman Roland Freisler.



The relationship crisis between DFB President Fritz Keller and DFB Vice President Rainer Koch has reached a temporary low.

In a meeting of the presidium, Keller compared the cook, which he had long since disliked, with the Nazi henchman Roland Freisler.

  • DFB President Fritz Keller compared Vice President Rainer Koch with the Nazi henchman Roland Freisler

  • The relationship between the two DFB officials has been in a state of crisis for a long time

  • Keller's image threatens to suffer a total loss

It has not yet been clarified what upset Fritz Keller, President of the German Football Association (DFB), to such an extent that he treated DFB Vice President Rainer Koch with terrifying verbal rudeness. But it is already becoming apparent in this matter: The derailment is likely to shake the world's largest sports association once again - and Keller's image threatens to suffer a total loss.


In a nutshell: In a presidium meeting, the DFB boss compared the cook, who had long been unpopular with him, with the Nazi henchman Roland Freisler, who as President of the People's Court is responsible for around 2,600 death sentences and the organization of the Holocaust. Freisler went down in German history as the embodiment of the murderous injustice justice of the National Socialists. To draw a comparison here with Rainer Koch, presiding judge at the Munich Higher Regional Court, is more than just an unacceptable injury.

Rather, Keller committed an irreparable

breach of

a taboo.

What the devil rode him there

The assumption is that the German soccer boss lost all self-control in the dispute with Koch - and that this state of affairs was mixed with more than insufficient historical sensitivity.

The DFB and its highest functionary have been portraying a pitiful picture for some time

The DFB and its highest official have been giving a pitiful picture for some time now.

The months of hitting and stabbing in the executive floor testify to permanent weak leadership.

Whereby Keller, who should finally do better than his scandalously failed predecessors, was not able to pacify the internal disputes.

The obvious renewed

escalation of the power struggle in the DFB only allows the conclusion that Keller has finally disqualified himself as a leading figure.

Even if he admittedly does not want to admit it, it has finally become unsustainable for an association that is responsible for seven million members and that is facing enormous challenges, including due to the pandemic.

Philipp Lahm as a candidate for high office?

The permanent crisis of the DFB can only be remedied with personnel consequences. But: is there still a suitable candidate for high office to be found at all?

Well, there is someone who has long been considered an innocent secret favorite with a footballing past: Philipp Lahm.

Source: merkur

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