German FA president Apologies for ‘inappropriate’ Nazi Judge Comparison – On Monday, Fritz Keller, the president of the German Football Association (DFB), apologized for comparing his deputy to a Nazi judge.
During a meeting last Friday, Keller compared DFB vice-president Rainer Koch to Roland Freisler, the head of the Nazi party’s court during the 1940s.
Freisler was also a participant at 1942’s Wannsee Conference, where it was decided that 11 million Jews should be sent to death camps.
“Sometimes during controversies words are used that shouldn’t be,” Keller said in a statement.
“I apologised in person and in writing to Rainer Koch, who had the goodness to accept it, my comparison was totally inappropriate, notably towards the victims of Nazism, which I deeply regret,” he added.
The situation was worsened as Koch works as a magistrate outside of his responsibilities with the DFB.
According to German media the DFB’s general secretary Friedric Curtius has taken the incident to the organization’s ethical committee.