Business Day

Beck­en­bauer was paid mil­lions

- AGENCY STAFF Ber­lin

FRANZ Beck­en­bauer, who said he worked for free as chair­man of Ger­many’s World Cup or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, ac­tu­ally drew a fee of more than €5m, news web­site Spiegel On­line re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

The foot­ball le­gend sought to hide the sum from tax au­thor­i­ties, the mag­a­zine said, in the lat­est em­bar­rass­ment for Beck­en­bauer, who is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Swiss au­thor­i­ties in re­la­tion to cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions over the award­ing of the 2006 World Cup to Ger­many.

The lat­est rev­e­la­tion drew anger from Ger­man Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion chief Rein­hard Grindel, who ac­cused the man nick­named “the Kaiser”, 71, of ly­ing and mis­lead­ing the pub­lic.

Ac­cord­ing to Spiegel, the sum was taken from a do­na­tion of €12m made by a World Cup spon­sor — the gam­bling com­pany Oddset.

Grindel said: “We know that Beck­en­bauer worked for Oddset in the frame­work of the World Cup. But we were not aware that he drew €5.5m from the bud­get of the or­gan­i­sa­tion of World Cup 2006.

“Ob­vi­ously, given these con­di­tions, we can­not say that he had worked on an un­paid ba­sis for the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.”

Beck­en­bauer did not de­clare the sum to tax au­thor­i­ties for four years, ac­cord­ing to Spiegel.

But checks by tax au­thor­i­ties led to him pay­ing back €1m.

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