Warner de­nies in­volve­ment in 2006 WC scan­dal

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BERLIN: Dis­graced foot­ball of­fi­cial Jack Warner yes­ter­day de­nied any wrong­do­ing in the award­ing of the 2006 World Cup to Ger­many over a doc­u­ment ap­pear­ing to link him to the on­go­ing scan­dal. “I have never, ever had any agree­ment of any kind with any­one on Ger­many’s host­ing of the 2006 World Cup,” wrote Warner in an email to broad­caster Sport 1. “I have said a thou­sand times that I have no in­ten­tion of talk­ing or writ­ing to any­one about my 30 years so­journ in the FIFA. “Nor do I have no in­ten­tion (sic) of join­ing the in­ter­na­tional me­dia cir­cus whose only ob­jec­tive seems to be de­mean and den­i­grate.” On Tues­day, the Ger­man Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (DFB) con­firmed re­ports of a draft agree­ment, signed in part by Franz Beck­en­bauer, who was chair­man of the 2006 World Cup’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, which Ger­man daily Bild claims was aimed at buy­ing “votes for the Ger­man bid”.

The draft con­tract, which re­port­edly of­fered a lu­cra­tive friendly against Ger­many, but no cash, is with Warner, the ex-pres­i­dent of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of North, Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball (CONCACAF) who is banned for life by FIFA.

But it re­mains un­clear whether the doc­u­ment was ever used. Ger­man foot­ball has lurched into a cri­sis over Spiegel mag­a­zine’s re­port last month al­leg­ing that the votes of four mem­bers of FIFA’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee were bought in 2000, when Ger­many nar­rowly won the vote to host the 2006 fi­nals.

At the cen­tre of the scan­dal is a 6.7 mil­lioneuro ($7.2-mil­lion) pay­ment, which is al­leged to have been used to pur­chase the sup­port of FIFA’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

The scan­dal took a dra­matic twist last week when po­lice car­ried out raids at the Frank­furt head­quar­ters of the Ger­man Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (DFB) and led to Wolf­gang Niers­bach re­sign­ing as DFB pres­i­dent on Mon­day. Beck­en­bauer, who is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee, is stay­ing tightlipped on the mat­ter pub­li­cally, de­spite grow­ing calls to ex­plain his part in the scan­dal, and will only speak as part of an of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Franz Beck­en­bauer is still avail­able to talk to the ap­pro­pri­ate bod­ies and will not there­fore be com­ment­ing pub­licly,” his man­age­ment group said yes­ter­day.—AFP

SAN JOSE: Costa Rica’s na­tional team foot­ballers Celso Borges (L) Joel Camp­bell (C) and Bryan Ruiz (R) train at the Proyecto Gol in Rib­era de Be­len, 30 km west of San Jose, yes­ter­day. Costa Rica will face Haiti tomorrow in a qual­i­fy­ing match for the Rus­sia 2018 FIFA World Cup. — AFP

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