Reinhard Grindel steps down from German FA Presidency amidst Controversy

Reinhard Grindel was under gun when he received a income from a DFB subsidiary and a watch which was given to him by Grigory Surkis

Reinhard Grindel steps down from German FA Presidency amidst Controversy
Reinhard Grindel at the press conference

Grindel claimed that he was stepping down from the position of DFB president and he also apologized for his less than exemplary behavior regarding his acceptance of a watch. This apology came after Grindel had accepted a 6,000 euro watch as a gift from Hryhoriy Surkis, a Uefa vice-president and honorary president of the Ukrainian football federation.

Even though Grindel and Surkis sat alongside each other on the executive committee of European football's governing body Uefa until last February, Grindel went on to deny that he had been given the watch due to political reasons.

Grindel went on to say that it was an entirely private gift and he was bound to accept it out of politeness. He did not have any idea about how expensive that watch was it was a grave oversight on his part to not find out about it. By doing so he could have avoided the impression that he was acting inappropriately. 

Grindel was deeply shaken to have given up his role as the DFB president over such an issue. He wonders why this had to happen and he can only say that he was completely convinced that he was doing nothing wrong at that moment and due to the stress of his position he did not question himself enough. Grindel had never imagined that something like this would have happened, he now realized that it was a bad idea and should not have done it.