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German World Cup bid now under FIFA scrutiny

Tom Fox | March 30, 2016

Just when you think things cannot get much worse in the world of FIFA and international soccer, it turns out they can. The New York Times reported that FIFA has opened an ethics investigation into German officials who were involved with the country’s bid to host the 2006 World Cup. The people under investigation include “two former presidents of the German soccer federation, Wolfgang Niersbach and Theo Zwanziger, and Mr. Beckenbauer. Mr. Niersbach is a member of FIFA’s ruling executive committee, and Mr. Zwanziger and Mr. Beckenbauer are former members of that body,” according to the Times.

The FIFA investigation comes on the heels of the release of a report by a U.K. law firm in suspicious payments “linked to Germany’s successful bid. The report said it found no indication that votes were bought,...

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