Friedrich slams anti-Beckenbauer UEFA campaign

5th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 April 2005, BRUSSELS - Ingo Friedrich, the German vice-president of the European parliament, on Tuesday sharply criticised a campaign by European MP Daniel Cohn-Bendit against Franz Beckenbauer becoming UEFA president, describing it as "scandalous".

5 April 2005

BRUSSELS - Ingo Friedrich, the German vice-president of the European parliament, on Tuesday sharply criticised a campaign by European MP Daniel Cohn-Bendit against Franz Beckenbauer becoming UEFA president, describing it as "scandalous".

"The campaign against the leading figure in German football is scandalous. His personality, his merits and his success make Beckenbauer a superb candidate for the UEFA presidency," said the Christian Democrats member Friedrich.

Cohn-Bendit, a deputy for the Greens, had on the weekend announced an 'Alliance against Franz' campaign, saying that Beckenbauer represented business interests while the other candidate Michel Platini of France was a promoter of Europe and "the right man".

Cohn-Bendit said he wanted to win other deputies for the campaign as well.

Platini has confirmed that he will run for the UEFA top job. Beckenbauer is interested, but said he will only seek election if Lennart Johansson of Sweden really steps down after his current term and the ballot takes place in 2007 instead of 2006 as planned by UEFA.

DPA

Subject: German news

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