Daum won't take drug test,

Sonntag, 8. Oktober 2000 / 18:11 Uhr

Leverkusen - Christoph Daum, designated to take over the German national soccer team, said Sunday he won't take a hair analysis test to dispel rumors he uses cocaine.

Daum also said he plans to hold a press conference on Monday to refute the charges of prostitute and drug use made by Bayern Munich manager Uli Hoeness, which set off one of the most spectacular and bitter feuds in German soccer history. Daum, currently the Bayer Leverkusen coach, said he has other methods to prove he doesn't use drugs. "I don't need to take a hair analysis test, but I have other findings I will present at a later time," said Daum, adding a test would violate his legal rights. Both German interim coach Rudi Voeller and powerful Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer threw their support behind Daum. The Leverkusen coach has been locked in a bitter battle with Hoeness, who says he is unfit for the post because of his private life. Beckenbauer said the right decision was made to hire Daum for the job. Voeller again said he won't stay on the job, even though he has led a revived German team to three victories, including Saturday's 1-0 triumph against England. "Christoph Daum has earned it as a person and a coach to take over this job next year. With all the acceptance and love I've been given, my mind hasn't changed _ I won't take the job," said Voeller. Voeller, incredibly popular in Germany, is given huge credit in the country for turning around basically the same group of players who delivered the Euro 200 debacle, where Germany was ousted in the first round. Headlines on Sunday following the England victory often were similar to Berlin's B.Z. am Sonntag: "Voeller's triumph! Who needs Daum?" Daum said he has no intention of withdrawing from the post of German coach, which he is scheduled to take over on June 30. "I want to be the national coach, without ands and ifs," Daum said. The demands to take the hair analysis test came from Bayern Munich officials, led by vice president Fritz Scherer, who said Daum needs to dispel rumors of drug use that have circulated for years. Daum publicly refused, but Der Spiegel magazine had reported Saturday that the Leverkusen coach would take the test under the prodding of energy company RWE, with which he has an endorsement deal.
Daum is also under investigation for three separate claims of nonpayment in a real estate deal on the Spanish vacation island of Mallorca. German soccer officials also have given up on a planned "peace" meeting between Daum and Hoeness, since Daum is planning to sue the Bayern Munich manager for slander.