Thomas Hitzlsperger, CEO of VfB Stuttgart, spoke about the “data affair” and its clarification at a specially convened press conference.
The personal allegations against me hurt me very much.” He sees “everything called into question, what I’ve done all my life. I want to defend myself against that.”
Clear words relating to the data affair and its resolution. Between 2016 and 2018, VfB employees are said to have repeatedly passed member data on to third parties. After the irregularities became known, VfB President Claus Vogt commissioned the external company Esecon with the processing. At the turn of the year, Hitzslperger had attacked Vogt in an open letter – also in terms of data affairs. Vogt had resisted this – also publicly – resolutely and attacked the board boss himself.
“Allegations hit me very hard”
The accusation of lack of transparency and lack of clarification hits me very hard”.
Hitzlsperger asks for patience
The data affair will of course be fully cleared up, according to the former professional. “We will draw conclusions when the final report from Esecon is on the table. Wrong behavior will be sanctioned,” he said, but urged patience: “Let’s wait for the final report before we judge.”
The n we will draw the consequences,” said Hitzlsperger.
“I am not a splitter”
The most recent hostility from VfB fans in the wake of the power struggle also bothered him, the 38-year-old reported. “I’m surprised at the intensity. It hits me a lot personally, what I have to learn, hear or read. I never would have thought it possible that I would be called a splitter. I’m not a splitter!” Instead, he stands by his “canon of values”.
“Not my greatest moment”
The 38-year-old did not want to answer whether he would uphold his candidacy for the presidency of VfB Stuttgart, which was submitted around the year deadline: “I will comment on my application again shortly.” He named “the next few days” as the period. In retrospect, Hitzlsperger called his open letter at the turn of the year, in which he sharply attacked Vogt and announced a candidate for a fight against the president, as a mistake: “That was not my greatest moment.” He had “let himself be tempted under pressure”.