Gerhard Mayer- platforms (* March 3, 1933 in Mannheim ) is a former German sports official and former politician of the CDU. He was from 1980 to 2001 deputy in the parliament of Baden -Wuerttemberg and from 1980 to 1991 cult - and 1991-1998 Minister of Finance of the State of Baden -Wuerttemberg. From 2001 to 2006 he served as president of the German Football Association.
Gerhard Mayer- platforms, the son of an upper Governing Council, attended high schools in Waldshut and Freiburg. He did his military service with the Parachute Battalion 251 in Calw from and was trained as a reserve officer. He then studied law in Freiburg and Heidelberg.
He began his political career as a personal assistant to the Baden-Württemberg Minister-President Hans Filbinger and 1976 political state secretary in the Ministry of State. From 1976 to 1978, Mayer- platforms Secretary with cabinet rank in the Ministry of Finance. In 1980 he was Prime Minister Lothar Späth as the successor of the Ministry of Interior exchanged Roman Herzog in Baden-Württemberg Minister of Culture and Sports, he held this office until the resignation Lothar Späth in 1991. Späth successor appointed Erwin Teufel - Mayer platforms to the Minister of Finance. This office he held until 1998, and was succeeded by Gerhard Stratthaus. From 1980 to 2001 Gerhard Mayer- platforms represented the electoral district of Stuttgart II as an MP in the Parliament of Baden -Württemberg.
From 1968 to 1985 he was a board member of the Württemberg Football Association. In 1975, Mayer- platforms president of VfB Stuttgart. The club was shortly after taking office from the 2nd league, but won during the presidency Mayer- Vorfelders later two German league titles and a DFB-Pokal victory. In his resignation on 30 October 2000, he left the club, however, in highly culpably state. Just one year earlier opposition to Mayer- platforms and its CEO Ulrich Schäfer had formed around Hansi Müller. The Supervisory Board of VfB spoke in June 1999 compared with Gerhard Mayer- platforms mistrust and announced mitzutragen a year later, no re-election of a president of the General Assembly. The Chairman Heinz Bandke, the decisions of the club presidents usually mittrug until then, sat down across from Mayer- platforms through with the appointment of Hansi Müller in its Board of Directors. The transfer policy of Mayer- platforms and his closest confidants Shepherd was considered in the context of VfB Stuttgart as the main reason for the high level of debt of the club.
From 28 April 2001, he was president of the DFB. From 1992 to 1998 and again from 2002 to 2007 he was a member of the FIFA Executive Committee. Following the departure of the German national football team at the 2004 European Football Championship in Portugal and the resignation of Rudi Völler as team boss Mayer platforms came under criticism. He was accused of having done it alone in the coach search, as well as his autocratic style was criticized. From 23 October 2004, he led the DFB in a double top with the acting president Theo Zwanziger, as a crucial vote against his candidacy two years before the Football World Cup 2006 should be prevented. Mayer -Vorfelder told here is not to run in 2006 at an extraordinary DFB Bundestag again. On 8 September 2006 therefore ended Mayer- Vorfelders DFB presidency. By March 2009, Mayer- platforms was elected member of the UEFA Executive Committee. From 2007 to March 2009, he was also vice president of UEFA. In addition, Mayer- platforms honorary president of VfB Stuttgart. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bundesliga Foundation.
Both as a politician and as a sports official was Mayer- platforms often controversial. This is partly due to his polarizing nature ( several times he was accused, he might bring his offices lord of the manor ), on the other hand the functionary has been the subject of affairs ( for example the so-called Toto -Lotto affair, the tax scandal Steffi and Peter Graf or the investigation of the prosecution against him for tax evasion ). The magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper described him as " professional affair ". From several sides Statements made have been interpreted as racist and nationalist Mayer - platforms. However, it was Mayer- platforms in any of the cases an illegal behavior be detected.
Mayer- platforms clothed the military grade of captain of the reserve and took over many years also participated in military exercises.
For his services Mayer- platforms was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon and eleven times with the German Sports Badge in Gold.
The politician and sports official wrote in 1988 an article in the current as a right-wing monthly magazine nation and Europe.
From 2001 to 2006, the traveling exhibition showed "Tatort Stadion. Racism and discrimination in football, " the Alliance of Active Football Fans Quotes by DFB president Mayer- apron, which showed him as a promoter of nationalism and racism. Mayer said platforms such as: " What will become of the Bundesliga when the blonde over the Alps and instead pull the Poles, this Furtoks and Lesniaks play? ", " The South American and African football have genetically different conditions " and " If only two Germans are in the early formations at the game against Bayern Cottbus, something must be wrong. " DFB criticized this as a denigration, withdrew its aid money for the exhibition and Mayer- platforms was at the center of a media debate.
In 2003 he was honored by the Association German language entitled Sprachpanscher of the year for the use of anglicisms or " Denglish " in the public parlance. In 2004 he received the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.
The end of 2004 prohibited the Court of Berlin ( Higher Regional Court ) on the initiative of Mayer -Vorfelder the Southwest Broadcasting, babbling presented in a broadcast on SWR 3 satirical show Mayer- platforms, because he thereby alcoholism is assumed. Among other things, why it that the negative price Locked Auster was awarded in 2005.
Gerhard Mayer- platforms is married to Margit Deutschle and has four children. His son Michael (born 19 September 1978) played from 1998 to 2000 16 games ( one goal) for the second team of VfB Stuttgart in the Regionalliga.
Mayer- platforms defended the controversial speech of the Baden- Württemberg Minister President Günther Oettinger at the official ceremony for the late Hans Filbinger: "It was brave, but really, what did he say ," said Mayer- platforms. " Hans Filbinger was not a National Socialist. "
In 2008 he turned against a support of the project Network Against Nazis by the DFB, as well as institutions like the boy freedom or the study center Weikersheim would be thrown " into a pot of neo-Nazis ".
Gerhard Mayer- supported platforms the social project we help Africa for the Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa. He acts as the inspiration for the town of Stuttgart. In addition, Mayer- platforms involved in the Board of Trustees of the German Childhood Cancer follow-up - Foundation for the chronically ill child in Tannheim in the Black Forest, which supports families with chronically ill children.
He wears since 21 January 2011, the Honorary Doctorate ( Dr. hc ) of Assen Slatarow University Burgas in Bulgaria.