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The 13-year-old son of the President of Eintracht used cocaine. It’s probably the father’s fault

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The drugs were found in his bedside cabinet.

As Oliver Glasner’s Eintracht prepare for the Champions League play-offs and the match against Napoli, club president Peter Fischer is in serious trouble.

Fischer’s 13-year-old son was caught at school with a friend when they had cocaine on their hands and used it. The mother of a friend had previously contacted the police – it seemed to her that her son was behaving suspiciously.

According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, suspicion fell on the Fischer family: the Eintracht boss himself, his wife and second son – he is 25, he already had a criminal record in the past. They are suspected of buying and possessing illegal substances.

After reporting suspicious behavior, the police obtained permission to search. The sniffer dog found the substance in Fisher’s bedside table. The police have not yet given an answer to who owned the substance, so all members of the family are under suspicion.

According to German law, the possession of drugs is prohibited unless there is permission to take drugs from a doctor. And Fischer and his family face even more severe punishment – for improper storage with minors. In the worst case scenario, the person who is charged may risk several years in prison when the cocaine owner is found out.

The Bundestag is already calling for Fischer’s resignation. And the Eintracht coach supports him

Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner has already supported the president: “They always condemn very quickly. When things are not going well for someone, you need someone to support you. That’s why the club supports him the most. Everything else is not our problem. It doesn’t affect us as long as it doesn’t directly affect us.”

Fischer’s deputies prefer to remain silent. “I won’t say anything about this either as a friend or as a member of the board of directors,” Axel Hellmann reacted.

But German officials are already calling on the functionary to resign.

In particular, the deputy and deputy chairman of the Bundestag Sports Committee Philip Kremer from the Green Party said: “If the allegations are confirmed, Peter Fischer’s stay as president is unacceptable. He must leave his post. He has a special responsibility, including as a role model for adolescents and young people. Clean sport should concern not only athletes, but also officials.”

Fischer is an Eintracht legend. He has been president for 23 years and has taken the club from the second Bundesliga to European competition

We  talked in detail about the president of Eintracht. Let’s take a look at the highlights of his story.

Fischer became president of Eintracht in 2000. Then only four people worked in the office, five thousand people owned membership cards, attendance fell (in the 2001/02 season in the second Bundesliga – up to 13 thousand spectators per match).

The whole club seemed to be flying into the abyss: after being relegated from the Bundesliga in 2001, Eintracht lost the financial support of the American advertising giant Octagon. The hole in the budget has grown to 8 million euros – at the last moment, a pool of city companies (airport, power grid, operator of local electric trains) saved Eintracht from a failure in amateurs.

Then Fischer talked about the goals that would return the club to greatness: 10,000 club members, a modern training center, to become not just a football brand, but a multi-sport brand. “It’s better for a naive blue-eyed blonde to go back to surfing, and not to get into football,” the media reacted, not believing in success. The media have long forgotten about these words: Fischer not only kept his word, but overfulfilled his ambitious plan.

He competently built the club system: the office has 16 departments working in three large-scale areas. Oliver Flankenbach is responsible for finances, Axel Hellmann is responsible for marketing, and Peter was lucky with the sports director only in 2016, when he dragged ex-German striker Freddy Bobich from Stuttgart. With him, the chief scout of the Swabians Bienvenido Manga also moved to Frankfurt (born in Equatorial Guinea, played in regional clubs in Germany, in 2003 at the age of 29 he became a scout and youth coach).

The president never talks about finances: the atmosphere is more important to him – and it seems that there is something in this. Without the atmosphere, Bobic and Manga would not have come to Frankfurt (at the last moment he broke off the already signed agreement with Hamburg), Trapp would not have returned from PSG, coaches Kovacs and Hütter would have chosen a different career path, and the fans would still swear with management, demanding basic amenities at the stadium.

Fischer came and united everyone. “Every time I signed a new contract with the club, I did it under the impression of Fischer’s words,” says Trapp (he, by the way, extended the agreement in early February). They say that Fischer calmly comes to visit players in a Porsche 911 and is ready to join in their problem at any moment.

Despite the Porsche, the love of velvet purple suits and loud summer parties, he generally tries to be closer to the people. For example, he walks without security, cooks food himself (his favorite dish is red cabbage rolls), rents an apartment in Frankfurt, and receives a salary in only one position (Peter is not only president, but also deputy chairman of the board) and, perhaps, the lowest in the Bundesliga – 8 thousand euros a month dirty. For example, the salary of the president of Mainz is 23 thousand euros.