-I don’t want to resign. I made a mistake, but I will finish my start-said Fritz Keller on Friday.
The German DFB Federation has been involved in power disputes for several months. Two important figures clashed-President Fritz Keller and Secretary-General Friedrich Curtius. The atmosphere is terrible, and the prosecutor’s office is involved in trade union affairs. He checked whether Keller and the office manager had breached DFB’s trade secrets.
He called his deputy a Nazi
Friday’s arbitration meeting did not help clarify internal issues, but instead aggravated the dispute. When Vice President Rainer Koch spoke, Keller immediately attacked him. He compared the agent with the war criminal Roland Freisler. Freisler was one of the 15 participants at the Wannsee Conference, which paved the way for the Holocaust. During World War II, he also served as the chairman of the People’s Court and was sentenced to death of 2,600 political prisoners. He was called the “hanging judge”.
For Koch, as a civil judge and former president of the Bavarian District Court, this is the most painful thing he has heard. Koch asked Keller if the union chairman made a mistake. But he answered like a child. He admitted that he meant a friend also known as Freisler. Keller was not laughing today, because the statement of the scandal did not attract people’s attention.
The Federal Secretary, who had witnessed the situation firsthand, reported the incident to the DFB Ethics Committee (which is also the committee for Keller) and notified other union representatives of the incident. During the quarrel with the authorities, a federal finance minister commented on the “Der Spiegel” incident. He pointed out that representatives of the DFB committee and control agencies tolerated the president for too long to break the border, which led to his next mishap, and compared federal members with the Nazis.
An apology that never happened
When asked about the case, Keller admitted:-Sometimes in heated discussions, some people say things that shouldn’t come up. This is the case. Especially for the victims of Nazism, mine is more inappropriate. I feel sorry that I will choose my words more wisely in the future. For what happened, I personally apologize to Rainer Koch through dialogue and writing. He accepted the apology, and I am deeply grateful for that-he said.
However, according to a reporter from Der Spiegel, DFB President’s speech was not completely honest. Koch informed him that he did not accept Keller’s apology, but only expected them to conduct an interview on the matter. Maybe they will shake hands eventually.