FIFA begin action against Beckenbauer
FIFA's ethics watchdog has started formal proceedings against six individuals, including Franz Beckenbauer, over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.
The others involved include former German Football Association (DFB) chief Wolfgang Niersbach, who resigned over the affair last year.
Niersbach resigned from the DFB presidency after failing to provide explanations for a €6.7m payment from organisers of the 2006 World Cup, but he still sits on the FIFA executive committee.
A DFB-commissioned report revealed this month that while there was no evidence of Germany paying FIFA members in return for their votes, payments were made to at least one former FIFA official through a web of accounts involving several other firms or individuals, including Beckenbauer.
Beckenbauer, a World Cup-winning player and coach who headed the 2006 World Cup, admitted to making mistakes but denied any wrongdoing over the tournament in Germany.
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