German football chief defends organization over Beckenbauer birthday

German football federation (DFB) president Fritz Keller has defended his organization against criticism from former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness over how it honoured Franz Beckenbauer on his 75th bithday.”I can agree with Uli Hoeness that Franz Beckenbauer was an amazing athlete, a world champion, a great coach coach who then also brought us the World Cup,” Keller told broadcaster Sport1 on Wednesday.”But you also have to say there is a shadow there.”Hoeness spoke out on Sunday against the DFB over Beckenbauer’s 75th birthday which he celebrated on Friday, saying the World Cup winner fr…

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