Julius Hirsch had been a national hero but from one day to the next (he) was treated like an insect. We want to come to terms with our past and not just brush over all this.
I had to conclude that his style of leadership doesn't correspond to a democratic federation.
In 1954, 1974 and 1990 there were bad results prior to the tournaments and heated discussions. But we ended up being crowned world champions.
There is no good or bad timing for something like this but the fact that it happens before what will be the biggest event in Germany over the next 50 years or so obviously makes it even worse.
The World Cup will be the biggest event in Germany for many years to come and we can't pretend it doesn't have anything to do with us.
We take any disputes of a racist nature very seriously.
The mixture of police and military duties is dangerous. Our history has taught us that. And a World Cup is not in any way a reason to deviate from that principle.
This move should make the investigation easier and increase the chances of convictions.
Unfortunately we have to recognize again that when a lot of money is in play, fraud can't be ruled out.
I have felt for weeks that he enjoys the job. It is good for us to know that we can plan with him on a long term basis.
It's obviously a big disappointment for someone who has done so much for German football but I hope he doesn't do anything too hasty.
The fans must be allowed to speak out and criticism is welcome but when the game starts, they must all stand behind the team.
The alleged security deficits in the World Cup stadiums was commented on critically and to the detriment of Germany -- especially in England, the Netherlands and Switzerland. We don't have problems with criticism, but only when it's justified.
We have to state clearly that, according to the results of the ongoing investigation, no referee is involved and no first division club is concerned.
If we clear this up cleanly, then preparations for the World Cup won't be damaged. Every place where there are people and money is involved, there can be corruption.
We did underestimate the whole issue and I regret that, I say it quite openly. When I saw (the television show) it was clear to me that we should do what we could to help.
Franz is a very emotional person who can react very clearly and emotionally about his baby, the World Cup.
Despite the fact that events like those seen in Halle occur only occasionally among the approximately 80,000 games, which take place in Germany each weekend, we give them our fullest attention.