DThe Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office is investigating the president of the Bundesliga soccer club Eintracht Frankfurt, Peter Fischer, on suspicion of the acquisition and possession of cocaine. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the authority when asked by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The Hessian broadcaster reported first. Fischer’s wife and the couple’s adult son are also being investigated.
The investigation got under way after Fischer’s younger son, 13 years old, consumed cocaine at school with a friend. The friend’s mother noticed that her child was hyper and behaving unusually. She also noticed health effects. Apparently, the friend had taken home cocaine that Fischer’s son had brought to school. In what amount is unclear.
After the mother reported to the school, the public prosecutor’s office finally searched the Fischers’ apartment. According to the spokeswoman, a drug dog struck and a test with residues from the Eintracht President’s bedside table was then positive. The accused’s mobile phones were confiscated and are currently being evaluated. It is not yet clear who owned the cocaine. Therefore, both Fischer himself and his wife and adult son are accused in the investigation.
Fischer Eintracht President since 2000
Fischer has been President of the Eintracht Frankfurt club since 2000. He was re-elected for four more years at the end of September 2022 and is currently in his eighth term. Of the 625 voting members, 79.85 percent (420 yes votes and 106 no votes) were in favor of Fischer being given another term. However, the 99 abstentions were not taken into account in the almost 80 percent officially announced by Eintracht, otherwise it would have been only 67.2 percent approval for Fischer.
In 2018 he had received 99 percent of the yes votes. A touch of the twilight of the gods. Nevertheless, Fischer said after the meeting last September ended after more than five hours in the Wolfgang-Steubing-Halle in Riederwald: “That’s a damn good result. I can absolutely live with that. I expected a little less.”
In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 2017, Fischer explained that according to the association’s statutes, no one who voted for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) could be a member. The state spokesman for the AfD in Hesse then filed criminal charges against Fischer. The investigation was later dropped by the public prosecutor’s office with reference to freedom of expression.
This Tuesday (8.45 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the DFB Cup, on ARD and on Sky) Eintracht will play in the round of 16 of the DFB Cup against their Hessian rival Darmstadt 98. The top Bundesliga club from Frankfurt will meet the leaders of the second Bundesliga. Instead of personal details or the fear of riots among the fans in the explosive duel, in which Eintracht has to do without Jesper Lindström (hardened thigh), it is now primarily about Peter Fischer and the investigations against him.
“Biggest support” for fishermen
“It doesn’t affect us as long as we’re not directly confronted with it,” said Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner, who found out about the news after training on Monday: “Especially when someone’s not doing so well, you need someone who sticks by you.” That’s why Fischer, Glasner said, has “the greatest support” of everyone in the club.