Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – Friedrich Curtius, general secretary of the DFB, will not participate in the presidency meeting of the German Football Association next Friday, according to information from the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.

The “SZ” quoted an email Thursday from Curtius to his colleagues at the presidency, saying he was following “a presidency member’s request.” Curtius was not available for a statement on Thursday. In response to a request from the dpa, the DFB announced that it would not comment on “the media speculation”.

The background is the “SZ” according to the profound differences between Curtius and DFB president Fritz Keller. The latter therefore wishes the Curtius contract to be terminated.

Curtius, 44, has been Secretary General of the DFB since 2016, previously head of the office of then DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach. According to “SZ”, Curtius wrote to his colleagues in the presidency that he and Keller were trying to clear up existing misunderstandings on Wednesday. Unfortunately, no reliable solution was found in the conversation. He suggested joint mediation to Keller.

The association is currently going through difficult times. The Frankfurt prosecutor’s office recently had the DFB’s buildings and private apartments searched by several current and former officials of the association. It was about suspicion of tax evasion in particularly serious cases. The DFB has now paid around 4.7 million euros, but this does not play a role in the investigation.

Keller recently remained “convinced of the innocence of those responsible at the DFB”. Curtius, in his email to the presidency, is said to be confident that the investigation will be closed. Should he be convicted of misconduct while working for the DFB, he will immediately make all offices available, he wrote accordingly.

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