Already for many years Old Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is an honorary member of the football Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. Now, the BVB is seriously thinking about this honorary membership of the former head of government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The DFB also goes a dramatic step.
Background is the hesitant attitude of the 77-year-old in dealing with the criminal war of the Russian President Vladimir Putin against Ukraine. In addition, the Chancellor A.D. until recently on its items in various supervisory boards of Russian energy companies, such as the gas pipeline operator North Stream and the Energy Giant Rosneft. Another Supervisory Board at Gazprom is also in view.
“Of course we will seek the personal conversation with him in person of our President Reinhard Rauball. However, Gerhard Schröder continues to hold on to said positions, we could not accept this as BV. Borussia 09 eV Dortmund and would make a decision,” said the BVB on Tuesday to “SID” request with.
The BVB lacks besides the “oral commitment to every warlike act”, which Schröder has submitted, also “the clear will and conviction of having to give up leadership positions in Russian state corporations”.
The Revier Club hopes “Integrated that Gerhard Schröder will get to this view and would like to give him the opportunity.” How long the football Bundesligaist Schröder gives time, remains open.
DFB exhibits Schröder Ultimatum
The German Football Bund (DFB) introduced his honorary member now an ultimatum for the waiver of functions in Russian state corporations. Otherwise, Schröder should give up his honorary membership in the association, the DFB interim presidents Hans-Joachim Watzke and Rainer Koch announced on Tuesday evening.
“Honorary members of the DFB must be fully confessed to the basic values anchored in the statutes of DFB,” said it in the Joint Declaration. “These include, in particular, respect for all internationally recognized human rights and the commitment to counteract all human attendance and behaviors. (…) We also expect such attitude from Gerhard Schröder.”
Even before the DFB Bundestag on March 11, the 77-year-old should either settle his offices at the energy company Rosneft or the gas pipeline operator North Stream or renounce the honorary membership.