Beck­en­bauer probed by pros­e­cu­tors

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BERLIN: Ger­man foot­ball leg­end Franz Beck­en­bauer ap­peared be­fore Swiss pros­e­cu­tors on Thurs­day as part of a cor­rup­tion probe into the award­ing of the 2006 World Cup to Ger­many.

“To­day (Thurs­day) I was in­ter­viewed as part of a long sched­uled hear­ing by the Swiss fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor and I an­swered his ques­tions,” the for­mer chair­man of Ger­many’s 2006 bid com­mit­tee said.

“Out of re­spect for the very cor­rect fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice, and also at his re­quest, I will not speak any more about this case,” added Beck­en­bauer.

The Swiss in­ves­ti­ga­tion is fo­cus­ing on a pay­ment of €6.7 mil­lion (RM31.5 mil­lion) made by the Ger­man Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (DFB) to world foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body Fifa in 2005.

Beck­en­bauer, 71, who won World Cup ti­tles for West Ger­many as a player and a coach, headed the 2006 bid and has ad­mit­ted mak­ing mis­takes, but de­nied any wrong­do­ing over the tour­na­ment. AFP

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