Ex-Ger­man FA boss Niers­bach to ap­peal FIFA ban

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

WOLF­GANG Niers­bach, the for­mer pres­i­dent of the Ger­man Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (DFB), said yes­ter­day that he will ap­peal the one-year ban im­posed on him by FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee.

The 65-year-old was banned on July 25 over mis­con­duct sur­round­ing Ger­many’s suc­cess­ful 2006 World Cup bid.

Niers­bach re­signed from the Ger­man FA last Novem­ber amid ac­cu­sa­tions the DFB used a slush fund of 10 mil­lion Swiss francs (US$8 mil­lion) in 2000 to buy the right to host the tour­na­ment.

Niers­bach con­firmed re­ports to SID, an AFP sub­sidiary, that he wants “to lodge an ap­peal after con­sul­ta­tion with my lawyer” and wants to “get writ­ten rea­sons for the judge­ment if noth­ing else”.

FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee found Niers­bach guilty of fail­ing to re­port find­ings about pos­si­ble un­eth­i­cal con­duct and con­flicts of in­ter­est dur­ing the bid­ding process.

In 2006, the for­mer sports jour­nal­ist was the vice pres­i­dent of the 2006 World Cup or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and was in charge of me­dia and mar­ket­ing.

Niers­bach says he has “ac­knowl­edged and re­gret­ted” his mis­takes, but de­scribed the pun­ish­ment as “in­ap­pro­pri­ate and ex­ces­sive”.

He had hoped to have his name cleared be­fore the hear­ing in Zurich, al­though in­ves­ti­ga­tors had wanted a two-year ban.

Niers­bach had in­sisted that quit­ting his job should have been pun­ish­ment enough be­cause he was not di­rectly ac­cused of pay­ing bribes or fi­nan­cially ben­e­fit­ing from cor­rup­tion.

The ethics com­mit­tee sus­pen­sion has forced his im­me­di­ate re­moval from posts he cur­rently holds on the FIFA Coun­cil and UEFA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

FIFA opened a probe on March 22 tar­get­ing six peo­ple in­clud­ing Niers­bach and Franz Beck­en­bauer, the Ger­man foot­ball legend and World Cup or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chief, over their roles in the bid­ding process, amid al­le­ga­tions of bribery.

The FIFA in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­lowed the re­lease of a re­port com­mis­sioned by the DFB which found that Ger­many may have bought votes to se­cure the tour­na­ment.

The re­port linked Beck­en­bauer to a sus­pect deal with dis­graced for­mer FIFA big­wig Jack Warner. –

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