Gladbach manager Max Eberl (47) sharply criticized DFB President Fritz Keller (64) for his Nazi comparison and spoke out in favor of a fundamental reorganization of the German Football Association.
“I think we can all agree that something like this is not possible. For me that was very strange, “said the sports director of Borussia Mönchengladbach of” Welt am Sonntag “about the verbal derailment of Keller. “But unfortunately it fits into the picture that the German Football Association has been giving for some time.”
DFB President Fritz Keller (64) compared his vice Rainer Koch (62) with Hitler’s blood judge in a presidium meeting. Keller named Koch, who is himself a criminal judge at the Munich Higher Regional Court, with Roland Freisler (1893 to 1945).
The dreaded President of the People’s Court imposed around 2,600 death sentences. Among other things against the Hitler assassins in July 1944 and against Hans and Sophie Scholl, who, as a group called “White Rose”, had circulated leaflets against the war. He bellowed defendants in court, made them contemptuous.
Freisler was also involved in the “Wannsee Conference”, at which the Holocaust, which has already started, was organized. He was killed in a bomb attack on Berlin in February 1945.
Keller then apologized to Koch. At a meeting this weekend in Potsdam, the divided DFB leaders want to discuss how to proceed with the heads of the regional associations.
It is not up to him to finally judge whether Keller is still acceptable as DFB President, said Eberl. “I value Fritz Keller very much – and I am also someone who says that missteps can happen. But at some point there is also a point at which it can no longer go on and at which you have to ask yourself exactly this question, whether someone who expresses himself in this way is still acceptable as President of the DFB. “But you also have to ask how it could come to the point that something like this would happen in the leadership of the association.
Football was viewed critically in the Corona period and had to reposition itself overall, said Eberl. “The association too. With regard to this, it would be desirable if we had an immaculate image and people at the DFB who tackle it and who stand for authenticity, straightforwardness and reliability, who are cheerful and positive. “