German Football Association (DFB) President Fritz Keller is facing calls to resign after likening first vice-president Rainer Koch to infamous Nazi judge Roland Freisler.
The DFB confirmed the heads of the country’s regional and state football associations have urged Keller to quit in response to his "completely unacceptable" remark made at a Board meeting.
A secret ballot was held at an Extraordinary Meeting yesterday where a vote of no-confidence in Keller’s leadership was tabled.
A total of 26 associations voted in favour of the motion, with nine against and two abstentions.
"The conference of Presidents of the regional and state associations disapproves of the comparison made by DFB President Fritz Keller between first vice-president Rainer Koch and Nazi judge Roland Freisler," a statement from the DFB read.
"Such a statement is completely unacceptable and makes us stunned.
"The regional and state associations of the DFB stand for a democratic, tolerant and diverse society.
"The statement of the President is incompatible with the principles and values of the associations."
Before the meeting, Keller conceded that he made a "grave mistake" after making the comment about Koch at a recent DFB meeting, but refused to step down.
Freisler took part in the 1942 Wannsee Conference, where implementation of the "final solution" - the plan to exterminate German Jews - was discussed.
"I assumed that the apology I made to him in writing and on the telephone would be accepted immediately," said Keller.
"This assumption was wrong, based on his written answer to me yesterday.
"I rule out resigning."
Keller replaced Reinhard Grindel as head of the organisation in September 2019.
Grindel, who was also vice-president at UEFA and a member of the ruling FIFA Council, stepped down amid allegations of undeclared earnings and the acceptance of a watch as a gift.
Last October, prosecutors raided the DFB offices and the private residences of six unnamed officials on suspicion of serious tax evasion.
The six former or current executives were accused of committing tax evasion worth €7.4 million (£6.7 million/$8.7 million).
At the time of the raid, senior public prosecutor Nadja Niesen said the DFB was suspected of "knowingly" falsely classifying revenue to reduce the amount of tax it pays.
Last year also saw the 2006 FIFA World Cup fraud trial of three officials from DFB - ex-President Theo Zwanziger, Wolfgang Niersbach and Horst Schmidt - collapse.
The officials, along with ex-FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi, were charged with fraud in relation to a CFH10 million (£8.3 million/$10.3 million/€9.5 million) payment.
Legendary German footballer Franz Beckenbauer, who led Germany's bid for the 2006 World Cup and was chairman of the Organising Committee, was under investigation but never charged owing to his health, according to the Office of the Attorney General.
Prosecutors alleged that the accused misled the DFB over the payment, alleging it was used to help bribe members of FIFA's Executive Committee - which has since been rebranded as the Council - who had a vote to decide the host of the 2006 World Cup.
Those involved in the trial escaped any verdict after the statute of limitations passed.