BERLIN, Sept 13 Franz Beckenbauer, who headed the organising committee for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, received 5.5 million euros ($6.17 million) from a deal involving a sponsor of the event, German media outlets reported on Tuesday.
Reports in Der Spiegel magazine and Bild newspaper said Beckenbauer, who had said he worked on the organising committee on a volunteer basis, had been paid the amount as part of an agreement between betting company Oddset and the German Football Association (DFB).
Neither the DFB, which confirmed to Der Spiegel the existence of the deal, nor Beckenbauer were immediately available for comment.
The former World Cup winning coach and player appeared in adverts for Oddset, one of six World Cup sponsors, during the tournament in Germany a decade ago.
Beckenbauer is already under investigation by Swiss authorities, who have opened criminal proceedings against him and two former presidents of Germany's football federation (DFB) in connection with its successful bid for that World Cup.
The Attorney General's office (OAG) said the proceedings related to allegations of fraud, criminal mismanagement, money laundering and misappropriation.
Earlier this year, the DFB commissioned a report into alleged irregularities over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup.
The report, published in March, said that, while there was no evidence of Germany paying world soccer's governing body FIFA members in return for votes, payments were made to at least one former FIFA official.
These were made through a web of accounts involving several other firms or individuals, including Beckenbauer.
Beckenbauer has previously admitted to making mistakes but has denied wrongdoing.
Widely regarded as one of the game's finest players, he captained the West Germany team that won the 1974 World Cup and was coach when they won again in 1990. ($1 = 0.8921 euros) (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Toby Davis)