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Beckenbauer under investigation by Swiss prosecutors

Local News // Sept. 1, 2016
Beckenbauer under investigation by Swiss prosecutors

Franz Beckenbauer is under criminal investigation by Swiss prosecutors over Germany's hosting of the 2006 World Cup.

Last year, German news magazine Der Speigel says the German football legend was facing a probe into his role on the organising committee over alleged money laundering and breach of trust.

The 70-year-old has previously denied any wrongdoing regarding accusations of bribery and irregular payments of several million dollars linked to FIFA.

A spokeswoman for the OAG said in a statement: "On behalf of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG), I do confirm an ongoing operation regarding the topic you are mentioning in your inquiry."

But she would not confirm the investigation was related to money laundering.

In February, the German soccer federation published a 361-page inquiry that tried to explain a complex trail about payments of 6.7m euros and 10m Swiss francs.

The money linked Beckenbauer, then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter, FIFA power broker Mohammed bin Hammam and Robert Louis-Dreyfus, the late former Adidas executive and former part owner of Swiss marketing agency Infront.

Beckenbauer is one of seven men already under investigation by FIFA's ethics committee over Germany's World Cup bidding process.

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