• Pressure grows on Beckenbauer in 2006 World Cup scandal


    BERLIN: Franz Beckenbauer is under pressure to explain his part in Germany’s 2006 World Cup scandal after the emergence of a document directly linked to the legendary player and coach. German football has lurched into a crisis over magazine Spiegel’s report last month alleging that the votes of four members of FIFA’s executive committee were bought in 2000, when Germany narrowly won the vote to host the 2006 finals. At the center of the scandal is a 6.7 million-euro ($7.2m) payment, which is alleged to have been used to purchase the support of FIFA’s executive committee.



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