FIFA’s internal judiciary said it had determined that the limitation period had expired in 2012 for Beckenbauer and in 2015 for Zwanziger and Schmidt.
File image of the German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer. Reuters
Geneva: Franz Beckenbauer and other former German football officials cannot be prosecuted for the vote buying scandal in 2006 because the statute of limitations has expired, the FIFA Ethics Committee announced on Thursday.
« The judicial chamber of the independent ethics committee has decided that the behavior of Franz Beckenbauer, Theo Zwanziger and Horst R Schmidt in connection with the FIFA World Cup 2006 cannot be prosecuted due to the expiry of the statute of limitations « , it says in a statement.
The internal judiciary of FIFA stated that she had determined that the limitation period had expired in 2012 for Beckenbauer and 2015 for Zwanziger and Schmidt.
In March 2016, the FIFA Ethics Committee opened formal proceedings against Beckenbauer and five other people because of their role on allegations of bribery in the application process for the 2006 finals.
Beckenbauer, in Germany as « the Kai ser « , known as the royal defender who led his country to World Cup triumphs as a player and manager, was chairman of the organizing committee of the 2006 World Cup.
In this process, the former president of the German Football Association (DFB) also became twenties and former Secretary General Schmidt mentions.
At the time, the Ethics Committee pointed to « possible inappropriate payments and contracts to gain an advantage in the selection of the 2006 FIFA World Cup hosts ».
Investigation trigger was a report in the German publication Der Spiegel from 2015, according to which Germany had used a secret fund of 10 million francs (6.7 million euros at the time) to buy votes and obtain the right to host the competition at the expense of the South Africa.
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