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Zurich (dpa) - The world football association FIFA is following the leadership crisis of the German Football Association with concern.

"Of course we are following what is happening in Germany, of course we are not happy about it," said FIFA President Gianni Infantino (51) during the press conference after the FIFA Congress. It seems as if the DFB will "no longer come to rest". "Maybe it would be good to have a real election for the president," said Infantino. "If you always try to find compromise solutions, it may not always work."

FIFA, whose largest national association is the DFB, needs "a strong DFB President", said Infantino, or "maybe, why not, a DFB President, that might be an idea".

Last Monday, Fritz Keller resigned as the third DFB boss since 2015 due to his own misconduct. Keller had called his Vice President Rainer Koch "Freisler" during a board meeting at the end of April. Roland Freisler was chairman of the People's Court under National Socialism. "I know Fritz Keller and value him very much as a person," said Infantino. "He's a good person. He made a mistake and admitted the mistake."

FIFA is in constant contact with Germany, and one of the two interim presidents, Peter Peters, is a new member of the FIFA Council. The former Schalke board of directors will lead the DFB together with Rainer Koch until the next Bundestag. "I appreciate the honest and constant exchange with my German colleagues," said Infantino. FIFA can help, but Germany is "certainly" well armed to help itself.

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