Five key figures in Germany’s World Cup scandal


BERLIN: Police on Tuesday swooped on the headquarters of the German Football Federation (DFB) and homes of top officials over tax evasion allegations surrounding a 6.7 million euro payment to FIFA in relation to the 2006 World Cup. The scandal engulfing German football erupted after magazine Spiegel last month claimed that the sum was to bribe four FIFA executive committee members to secure the right to host the cup. Germany’s top football officials, including DFB chief Wolfgang Niersbach, have denied the allegations. Prosecutors said they are now focusing on tax evasion allegations and were unable to pursue corruption claims as they have run into the statute of limitations.



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