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Beckenbauer to be probed for 2006 World Cup bid 'graft'

Beckenbauer had said he had worked for free. He has always denied any wrongdoing. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Z?rich, Switzerland Sep 01, 2016, 12.03 PM (IST)
German football legend Franz Beckenbauer will be probed by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during the bidding process to host the 2006 World Cup. 

The World Cup winner is suspected of money laundering and breach of trust, according to German news website Spiegel Online. 

But the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) did not confirm whether they would investigate him for suspected money laundering. 

An OAG spokeswoman said more details will be divulged later in the day. 

Beckenbauer has maintained his innocence, although he admitted in 2015 that he made a mistake during the bidding process. But he said he didn't buy votes to help Germany host the 2006 World Cup.

The 70-year-old was heading the organising committee responsible for Germany hosting the 2006 World Cup.

In October 2016, Spiegel Online had alleged that German Football Association (DFB) had created a slush fund of 6.7 million Euros to buy votes during the bidding process.

He is only one of two people in history to lift football World Cup as a player and a manager. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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