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German FA president Reinhard Grindel resigns over €6,000 watch

• Grindel given watch by Grigoriy Surkis, a Uefa vice president
• ‘There was and is no conflict of interest for me’

The German football federation president, Reinhard Grindel, resigned on Tuesday, bowing to increasing pressure following allegations of undeclared earnings, the receipt of a luxury watch and general discontent with his leadership.

Grindel, who promised greater transparency after taking over in April 2016, apologized for accepting a watch worth about €6,000 from the Ukrainian businessman Grigoriy Surkis - a Uefa vice president and executive committee member.

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