German FA call on Zwanziger to quit Fifa

The German Football Federation (DFB) on Saturday called on their former president Theo Zwanziger to quit Fifa because he no longer represents the interests of German football in the sport's world governing body.

German FA call on Zwanziger to quit Fifa
Fifa President Sepp Blatter (r) and Theo Zwanziger (l), pictured in March 2014. Photo: DPA

The DFB said that Zwanziger no longer represented the interests of German football after his "repeated public attacks against his successor as president Wolfgang Niersbach and the current DFB management".

Zwanziger, who held the role of DFB president from 2006 to 2012, criticized his successor's salary in an interview on Saturday.

The DFB in a statement blasted such comments as "intolerable" as they "called into question and discredited the excellent work of the president".

"Since he does not adequately represent the interests of German football, the DFB calls on Dr Theo Zwanziger to resign from his position on the Executive Committee of Fifa," the statement read.

Bundesliga president Reinhardt Rauball added: "These public statements are totally unacceptable, moreover, during a World Cup, in which the players and
the sport should be the focus."

Zwanziger, 69, held various DFB roles before taking over as president in 2006 after Germany hosted the World Cup of which he was vice-president of the organizing committee.

Under his stewardship, Germany reached the final of Euro 2008 and came third at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

He resigned in March 2012 and was succeeded by Niersbach. His mandate in Fifa runs until May 2015.

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False alarm after man mistakes large courgette in garden for WWII bomb

Police were alerted on Thursday when a man in a south German town called them and told them he had found a Second World War bomb in his garden.

False alarm after man mistakes large courgette in garden for WWII bomb
The alleged Second World War bomb. Photo: Police HQ Karlsruhe

But when the police arrived at the 81-year-old man’s house in Betten, Baden-Württemberg, they did not find a bomb – explosive ordinance disposal services did not have to be called after all.

After close inspection, officers deemed that what the man had found was not a bomb, but rather, a large courgette – much to the senior citizen’s relief.

Approximately 40 centimetres in length with a weight of about five kilograms, the vegetable is thought to have been thrown over the hedge into the man’s garden by an unknown person.

According to the police, the man then took care of disposing of the courgette.

But it beats us whether this means he threw it in the rubbish bin, gave it to someone else or cut it up, cooked it and ate it himself.

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