German FA chief quits over watch gift


0
Reinhard Grindel

German Football Association president Reinhard Grindel has resigned with immediate effect after coming under pressure for accepting an expensive watch from a colleague.

Grindel was given the item by Ukrainian businessman and Uefa vice-president Grigoriy Surkis.

He said: “The price of the watch was 6,000 euros (£5,152). I did not know the brand or its value at the time.

“I apologise for my less-than-exemplary action of accepting the watch.”

Grindel insisted there had been no conflict of interest in accepting the watch, adding: “Mr Surkis had no financial interest in the DFB. He never asked me for any support, then or after.

“It was clear at the time that he would not run again for Uefa’s Exco, to which he no longer belongs.”

Grindel’s departure ends a controversial three-year spell in charge of the DFB.

A number of his actions in the role, including introducing Monday night games, late kick-off times, and a ban on pyrotechnics, proved unpopular with fans while last week he was accused of failing to declare additional earnings in an investigation by Der Spiegel.

The German magazine identified a 78,000 euros (£66,986) income he had received from a DFB subsidiary that had not been made public.

The accusation was rejected by the DFB, which said Grindel took on the position with its subsidiary company only after he became president, and so was not obliged to declare the earnings at the time.


Like it? Share with your friends!

0

What's Your Reaction?

hate hate
0
hate
confused confused
0
confused
fail fail
0
fail
fun fun
0
fun
geeky geeky
0
geeky
love love
0
love
lol lol
0
lol
omg omg
0
omg
win win
0
win
BBC

Choose A Format
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format