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Ex-German FA boss quits Uefa and FIFA amid watch scandal


Reinhard Grindel. Pic: Getty

Reinhard Grindel. Pic: Getty

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Reinhard Grindel. Pic: Getty

A football official has to stand down from his role at the head of the national association, plans to stay on to represent them with UEFA and FIFA, but is then, just a week later, forced to quit those roles as well.

Not Ireland but Germany, as former German FA president Reinhard Grindel has quit his positions on FIFA's ruling council and the executive committee of UEFA.

The 57-year-old's decision to walk away from two roles worth more than €500,000 a year comes a week after he resigned as the boss of the DFB.

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.

But the final straw came when 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 €6,000 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, yesterday confirmed he has now left both organisations "with immediate effect". Former FAI CEO John Delaney is one of 13 ordinary members on the UEFA Executive Committee.