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Africa statements: DFB Ethics Committee advises Tönnies - criticism of Gauck


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Frankfurt / Gelsenkirchen (dpa) - Two weeks after the statements of Schalker Chairman Clemens Tönnies on Africans, the ethics committee of the German Football Association (DFB) deals with the case.

The four-member body will meet in Frankfurt / Main on Thursday (10.30) to discuss the statements of the 63-year-old meat producer and the possible implications. A statement announced the commission chairman Nikolaus Schneider for Thursday afternoon. It is reported that the Commission intends to listen to Tönnies beforehand.

In addition to Schneider, the former Council Chairman of the Evangelical Church in Germany, lawyer Bernd Knobloch, lawyer Anja Martin and fraud investigator Birgit Galley belong to the independent body that was founded at the DFB-Bundestag 2016 in Erfurt. It is in all cases, "damage the integrity and reputation of the DFB and its member associations, especially in illegal and unethical behaviors, take investigations," it says on the DFB homepage. The Ethics Committee is entitled to initiate investigations and, if there is sufficient suspicion, file an indictment with the ethics chamber of the sports court.

Tönnies had criticized tax increases in the fight against climate change as a keynote speaker at the "Day of the craft" in Paderborn. Instead, one should finance 20 power plants a year in Africa, according to Tönnies. "Then the Africans would stop cutting down trees and they will stop producing children when it's dark." Later, he apologized for his statements and described them as "foolish."

Nevertheless, the Tönnies statements were then discussed nationwide. Clear words were on Wednesday evening, the former President Joachim Gauck. He would never "accept what he says because it sounds too racist," said the 79-year-old on the ARD talk show, "maischberger. the week". "But as long as the man still listens and is open to arguments or even apologizes, I would fight and argue with him."

Some representatives of society, politics and sports had previously also rated the statements as "racist" and asked the Schalke club boss to resign. Tönnies has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 1994 and has been its Chairman since 2001.

Others, including mainly trainers and officials from the Bundesliga, argued for a milder handling of Tönnies, who had previously not publicly noticed by similar remarks. Their motto: Everyone deserves a second chance when they admit their wrongdoing, show honest remorse and apologize.

The first consequence drew the Schalker Ehrenrat in the past week after hearing of the concerning. The result sounded like a compromise: Tönnies leaves his office on the supervisory board of the district club for three months rest. Racism reproaches against Tönnies classified the honorary advice as "unfounded". However, the entrepreneur "violated the principle of non-discrimination enshrined in the articles of association and the mission statement," explained the honorary council.

Ute Groth, who is applying for the DFB presidency, hoped for a harsher sanction before the ethics committee meeting. "That's too little for me with three months of self-imposed time-out. There must be a clear signal as far as racism is concerned, otherwise we will never get rid of the topic, "said the 60-year-old from the German Press Agency.

Fan researcher Gunter Pilz believes that dealing with Tönnies on Schalke is "a literally fatal sign". As the honorary council was with him, contradict the ideals that claim the club and its fans for themselves. "According to statements made by Clemens Tönnies, I can not and should not proceed to the agenda," said Pilz the Reutlinger "General-Anzeiger". The evaluation of the ethics committee of the DFB now has a "signal function".

Interview "Reutlinger General-Anzeiger"

Information about the program "Maischberger" with Joachim Gauck

Source: zeit

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