Fritz Keller, president of the struggling German Football Association, was ordered to explain to the governing body’s disciplinary committee his comparison of his own deputy to a notorious Nazi-era judge .
Keller sparked outrage and called for his resignation after comparing DFB vice chairman Rainer Koch to Roland Freisler, the infamous Nazi party court chief in the 1940s, at a meeting on last month.
On Monday, the DFB’s ethics committee took the case to its sports court, which will hear Keller’s explanation behind closed doors, in person or in writing.
“I will of course take responsibility for my statement in front of the sports ground (DFB),” Keller, 64, told German daily Bild.
Hans E. Lorenz, president of the DFB three-man sports field, told AFP subsidiary SID that he expects a trial “in the second half of May.”
On Sunday, the presidents of the DFB regional associations, which run Germany’s semi-professional and amateur leagues, said Keller lost a vote of confidence and was “asked to step down from his post”.
DFB General Secretary Friedrich Curtius has also been asked to step down after losing a vote of confidence.
Keller apologized to Koch, acknowledging his comments were “totally inappropriate, especially towards victims of Nazism,” but ruled out stepping down over the incident.
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