Disgraced former German FA boss Reinhard Grindel quits FIFA and UEFA posts


Disgraced former German FA boss Reinhard Grindel quits FIFA and UEFA posts

Reinhard Grindel
Reinhard Grindel

Former German FA president Reinhard Grindel has quit his positions on world governing body FIFA’s ruling council and the executive committee of European football’s governing body UEFA, it has been confirmed.

The 57-year-old’s decision to walk away from two roles worth more than £400,000 a year comes a week after he resigned as the boss of Germany’s DFB, the world’s largest sports federation in terms of membership.

That brought an ignominious end to the shortest presidential tenure in the organisation’s 114-year history.

A former journalist who went on to become a politician before entering the world of football politics, Grindel had become the focus for fierce criticism at home for the national side’s poor World Cup in Russia last year, his handling of Mesut Ozil’s exit from the team and a perception that he was overly concerned with commercial gimmicks.

But the final straw came when German magazine Der Spiegel revealed he had accepted a designer watch from ex-Ukrainian FA president Grigoriy Surkis and had been receiving an undeclared salary from the DFB’s media subsidiary.

Grindel told German media he did not believe he had breached any rules when he accepted the £5,000 watch but admitted it was “less than exemplary behaviour”.

It originally seemed as though he might try to hold onto his FIFA and UEFA positions, as office-holders are allowed to serve their elected terms even if they no longer have active roles with their national associations.

But a short statement from UEFA, where Grindel had been a vice-president, on Wednesday confirmed he has now left both organisations “with immediate effect”.


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