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.

Nikolaj Babis Nielsen

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.