Gerhard Milletich suffered a defeat in the advertisement cause: the regional court for criminal matters in Vienna rejected the ÖFB President’s request for a reply. Whether the allegation that Milletich used his ÖFB presidency to advertise for publications from his publishers is true remains to be seen.
“I have never abused my position,” Milletich stated in the testimony. Gerhard Götschhofer, ÖFB Vice President and President of the Upper Austrian Football Association, testified as a witness that he had investigated the matter himself. He spoke to four sponsors of the ÖFB, with whom Milletich had contacted for the purpose of placing advertisements. They had informed him that there had been no business contact before Milletich became ÖFB President. “They were irritated and surprised by these requests for advertisements,” said Götschhofer. Some would have felt Milletich’s inquiries as “bad” or “clumsy” and spoke of damage to the ÖFB if sponsors were addressed in this way.
The judge did not address the extent to which the accusation of “advertising brawling” applies. The counter-statement requested by Milletich focuses on whether or not there have been long-term business relationships with several sponsors. The judge held that the thesis of the article – that Milletich used his function as ÖFB president to get advertisements – was not met and rejected the request for a counter-statement.
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