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Scandal hits German football as DFB President resigns

The president of the German Football Federation (DFB), Reinhard Grindel, resigned on Tuesday after a scandal over improper income that increased pressure on the leader, who was already the target of criticism for other reasons.

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The magazine Der Spiegel had reported during the weekend that Grindel had received 78,000 euros before starting his term, as a member of the Supervisory Board of a subsidiary of the DFB, against the provisions of the organization.

In addition, the newspaper Bild had reported that Grindel had accepted as a gift from a Ukrainian oligarch a watch worth more than 10,000 euros.

Grindel came to the presidency of the DFB in April 2016 to succeed Wolfgang Niersbach , who had to resign as part of another scandal related to the 2006 World Cup. During his tenure, Grindel had been criticized for the unfortunate handling of some situations such as the debate surrounding the photo taken by players Ilkay Gündogan and Mesut Özil with Turkish President Recp Tayyip Erdogan . Özil , as a result of that debate, subsequently retired from the German national team.

Source : mundodeportivo

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