The former DFB president Reinhard Grindel has also resigned from his international posts at Uefa and Fifa. He will give up his posts as Vice President of the European Football Union and in the Council of the World Association, said the former head of the German Football Association in a personal statement. He wrote this in a letter to Uefa President Aleksander Čeferin.
Grindel had retired eight days ago after a series of mistakes as DFB president. He took over “responsibility on a national and international level,” he said now. “Above all, I want to protect Uefa's reputation, and I do not want to burden FIFA's path towards more transparency and good governance.” The public reporting had “lost any measure,” Grindel wrote in support.
Thus, the international offices, which the 57-year-old on behalf of the DFB dressed, for the time being vacant. At Uefa his mandate ran until 2021, with Fifa two years longer. Only the Uefa Congress of all members of the Continental Association can decide on a replacement of both posts.
Revelations about additional income and the assumption of an expensive clock had cost Grindel his DFB job. In his statement, he stressed Wednesday that he was “because of the gift of the former Ukrainian Federation boss Hryhorij Surkis in no conflict of interest”. “There was no unjust agreement and no influence whatsoever, and it was an inexplicable innocence for me not to report this gift to the responsible compliance officer immediately.”