DFB crisis: Curtius and Osnabrügge want to resign - in addition to Keller, Koch, who is a thorn in the side of professional footballers, is also wobbling.
Frankfurt / Main - Fritz Keller was spared the humiliating demonstration as an "accused".
Although for the first time a president of the German Football Association (DFB) has to answer before the sports court of the association, Keller does not need to explain the Nazi scandal he triggered in front of the public.
The DFB has set a "non-public" procedure for its current boss.
But even if Keller is spared prying eyes, his seemingly inevitable end, like other parts of the association's management, is getting closer and closer.
A new start should take place without the burdened top officials
At the latest since the opening of General Secretary Friedrich Curtius, the signs have been pointing to a new beginning without the burdensome top officials, including Vice President Rainer Koch and Treasurer Stephan Osnabrügge.
The willingness to talk about his position, signaled by Curtius, seems to be the beginning of the tabula rasa at the hopelessly divided DFB leadership, which has long been demanded by many critics.
After all, Osnabrugge also wants to vacate his office soon.
According to SID information, the 50-year-old will not stand for re-election at the next DFB Bundestag.
This was announced by Osnabrugge at the conference of regional and state associations last weekend.
Keller's impeachment is still an available option
How the proceedings against Keller before the ethics chamber of the sports court will look in detail is initially open.
Chairman Hans E. Lorenz said that no decision had yet been made whether there would be a written procedure or an oral hearing.
What is certain, however, is that the process will be “not public”.
Lorenz expects a judgment “in the second half of May”.
Should Keller subsequently refuse to resign, the issue of "impeachment" could end up on the DFB board.
It is unclear how the majority there will look like.
Because although the representatives of professional football can be counted as part of the Keller camp, it seems unlikely that they will continue to support the president in view of his Nazi comparison.
Robert Koch is already numbered among the professional footballers
The professionals will certainly not support Koch, who has always been a thorn in their side.
The situation of Koch, who, according to SID information, is not thinking of withdrawing, is complicated.
On the one hand, the professional representatives certainly do not want the Vice President to lead the DFB for the third time in a row after the President's resignation on an interim basis.
On the other hand, Koch, who is still supported by large parts of the amateur camp, has just been elected to the Executive Committee of the European Football Union (UEFA).
Should the head of the Bavarian Football Association (BFV) be expelled from the DFB boardroom, the association would be there even without its international representative.
"There have been too many misconduct in recent years"
The same problem also accompanies the other Vice President Peter Peters. Like Koch with the professionals, Peters is not particularly popular with the amateurs - both are symbolic of the long-lasting struggle between the two camps. But even the much-criticized Peters has strengthened his position through the recent election to the FIFA Council. The DFB does not want to lose the influence it has regained in the most important body of the world association.
According to Dagmar Freitag, the association should not take this into account.
The chairwoman of the sports committee of the German Bundestag, like many others, therefore prefers a radical change of course: "In the past few years, there have been too many misconducts, which in total really offer enough reasons for a completely new beginning far away from old clans."