eHe does not know what will happen on Sunday. Wolfgang Dietrich shrugs. He has a number of people in his head who could mobilize his opponents, but he does not want to reveal that number. He can only hope, says the president of VfB Stuttgart, that a relatively wide range of people will vote. “It can not be that only the lute determine what the direction of the association,” says Dietrich.
However, it is not just the sounds that want to see him detached. Even the former World Cup champion Thomas Berthold wants to displace the controversial VfB president from the top. “I throw my hat in the ring. At VfB, there must be a sustainable change of direction, “said Berthold of the” Stuttgarter Zeitung “(Saturday edition). The 54-year-old former VfB player aims for the post of a strong chairman of the Bundesliga relegation board.
He wanted to have a representative president by his side. A collaboration with Dietrich exclude Berthold, writes the paper. Should Dietrich survive the question of confidence at the general meeting, Berthold wants to make a new attempt in the next year's regular election.
“The sounds” are, in his description, those who would rather remove him from the club top today than tomorrow. You now have a celebrity colleague. For months, they protested in and around the stadium against the 70-year-olds, they hung “Dietrich-out!” – posters in the city on social networks rave for a long time factual and less objective debates about his person. In particular, his family is suffering, says Dietrich.
There are even “a variety of death threats,” said Stuttgart police chief Franz Lutz the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”. There had been no concrete threats, but drawings on banners or hate slogans in the social media, concretized a spokesman for the Stuttgart police. The VfB had filed a complaint, the Criminal Investigation determined. The anger against Dietrich ultimately led to the vote being taken at the General Assembly on Sunday about his future. A request to remove the President was taken on the agenda.
Dietrich sits in his office at the office of the downed in the Zwete football Bundesliga traditional club. Dietrich leans forward and back again, he sits quietly hardly, of course, he is concerned about the topic of deselection like no other in these days. However, he has the impression that “many members still believe that I am the right president.”
According to Dietrich, it will also matter how many of the almost 70,000 members come to the stadium on Sunday. At least 75 percent of the present voters would have to vote for a vote. His board colleague Bernd Gaiser, sports director Thomas Hitzlsperger and sports director Sven Mislintat will make a case to continue with Dietrich. Your arguments: The VfB needs consistency in leadership, it is financially healthy, the membership numbers have developed very positive in Dietrich's time and also there is no alternative to him.
Dietrich and the past as an investor
The arguments of his opponents are more complex. “The list, which at least convinces us to demand the resignation of Wolfgang Dietrich, is long,” writes a Ultragruppierung in a statement. These include, for example, the obligation of Michael Reschke, who was called off in February as Sport Director, or Dietrich's past as investor. Dietrich has long been involved in the company Quattrex, which grants loans to football clubs. Part of the lending rate is variable and depends on the TV revenue of each club. The more successful the club, the more TV revenue and the more money will flow back.
Prior to his election as VfB boss in October 2016, Dietrich had quit his official functions at Quattrex and disclosed to the VfB committees and the German Football League (DFL) his remaining holdings. Committees and DFL then saw no conflict of interest and gave the green light for his election. But some members were likely to have surprised Dietrich last Tuesday by saying that he benefited from contract revenues until the end of 2017, which “ended Quattrex before my time as president.” Dietrich held until 31.12.2017 corresponding Quattrex shares.
“I can hardly understand that”
The explosive: Quattrex had loud “kicker” -checked inter alia Union Berlin and 1. FC Heidenheim credits granted – both clubs were in the season 2016/17 opponents of VfB in the second division. Although Dietrich himself never confirmed the names of the clubs, he admits: “If these clubs, with which the Quattrex had worked before my VfB time, would have been successful, then I would have participated in their earnings until 31.12.2017.” That Although not the DFL, but some members might see a conflict of interest in the fact that he could have benefited from the sporting success of direct opponents, “I can hardly understand,” says Dietrich. The subject annoys him. “Due to the statutes, there was no obligation for me to sell the shares. But I did it anyway on 31.12.2017. “
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