Bernie Ecclestone's controversial comments about Adolf Hitler that emerged over the weekend
have led to the cancellation of a meeting he was due to have with a German state leader at the Nurburgring this weekend.
Ecclestone told The Times
on Saturday that he liked the way that Hitler was able to "get things done" because of his dictatorial approach. Those comments caused a huge uproar, with leading Jewish organizations and politicians calling on him to step down. Now, the German press agency DPA has reported that Gunther Oettinger, prime minister of the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, who was due to meet Ecclestone to discuss the future of Hockenheim, has called off their get-together because of the controversy.
Ecclestone has not yet issued an official statement in response to his comments, but German newspaper Bild
quoted him as saying the story had been the result of a "huge misunderstanding." He told the tabloid paper: "I did not put Hitler up as a good example, but I simply pointed out that before his terrible crimes, he had acted successfully against unemployment and the economic crisis."Related story:• Ecclestone's Hitler comments stir outrage