Former German FA president resigns from FIFA and UEFA over watch scandal

11 April 2019

Reinhard Grindel
Photo: Getty Images Reinhard Grindel´, here voting at a FIFA Congress in 2016, resigns from FIFA and UEFA over watch scandal

Reinhard Grindel received an expensive watch as a gift from Ukrainian businessman and football administrator Grigory Surkis.

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The former German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel is resigning from FIFA and UEFA. The move comes after he left the DFB last week because of controversy over a watch he received as a gift from Ukrainian colleague Grigory Surkis. 

Grindel was also under pressure over income he received from a DFB subsidiary, but he denied any wrongdoing last week, and claimed he had no idea that the watch he received was worth around £5,000, the Daily Mail reported.

In a statement concerning his resignation from FIFA and UEFA, Grindel said:

'“I am mainly interested in protecting the good name of UEFA. I also do not want to burden FIFA on its path to more transparency and good governance.