German Football Association (DFB) chief Fritz Keller on Monday stepped down following a furore over a Nazi comment directed at a vice president but urged the world’s biggest sports federation to change in order to earn back trust.

Keller, who took over as president in September 2019 with a brief to reform an organisation already plagued by scandal over irregular payments, had addressed his comment to vice president Rainer Koch.

“As announced, I step down from the post as president for a deep-rooted and necessary restart,” Keller said in a statement.

He had announced last week he would be stepping down following Monday’s hearing at the DFB sports court.

“With this, I take on the responsibility for my derailment in the board meeting of April 23 that should remain the low point in the desolate leadership situation of the DFB.”

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