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The irregularities of the 2006 World Cup prescribe without punishment

first_imgFormer DFB Presidents Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach, as well as former FIFA Secretary General Urs Linsi are accused of fraud. In addition, former DFB Secretary General Horst Schmidt is accused of being an accessory to fraud.They are all accused by the The DFB’s allegedly irregular payment to FIFA of 6.7 million euros in 2005. The money was recorded as a contribution to a World Cup gala that never took place.In 2002, the chairman of the World Cup organizing committee, Franz Beckenbauer, received a loan for the same amount from businessman Robert Louis-Dreyfus that ended up in the bank accounts of FIFA’s chief financial officer at the time, Mohamed bin Hammam. The trial for undue payments related to the concession to Germany of the 2006 World Cup will end without a verdict, since the Swiss Federal Criminal Court has extended the suspension of the case until next Monday, the day when the statute of limitations for the charges runs out.The court’s decision to extend the suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak did not mention any plans to resume the proceedings. The trial is against FIFA and against four former directors of the German Football Federation (DFB).last_img read more