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Monday, December 19, 2011

Theo Zwanziger Resign

German Football Federation President, Theo Zwanziger, said he would resign in the early spring of 2012, Sunday (12/18/2011) in Berlin.

The resignation was announced after the Frankfurt prosecutor's office raided the center of the German Football Federation or DFB, on Wednesday (14/12).

"I think the end of February or the end of March is the perfect time to retreat. I will focus as a member of FIFA's executive committee until 2015," said Zwanziger (66), while the reasons for his resignation to the German-language daily, Die Welt.

Zwanziger has served as president of the DFB since 2004 and his term will expire in 2013.

DFB general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach (61) was appointed to be president until 2013. Four days earlier, the Frankfurt prosecutor's office raided the center of the DFB to investigate alleged corruption in granting licenses to agents.

Raid was conducted after the German football magazine, Kicker, reported that their reporters can purchase the answers to the exam to become a player agent, issued by FIFA.

Trials were held by the DFB in Germany. Ralf Koettker, a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecutor's office said the investigation into alleged bribery in the office of the DFB performed approximately three hours. Office of the DFB also been raided on 24 October by the tax officer to investigate tax evasion.

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