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Investigators hunt for millions of euros involved in Germany's 2006 World Cup

Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 00:57

Swiss launch criminal investigation of Franz Beckenbauer and other German soccer officials as they trace path of money spent by German 2006 World Cup organisational committee.

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SHOWS: BERN, SWITZERLAND (SEPTEMBER 1, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S SPOKESMAN ANDRE MARTY SAYING: "The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland opened a criminal investigation against people very well-known in the German football reality, that is particularly Mr Franz Beckenbauer and other members of the former organizational committee of the World Cup 2006. The proceedings relate in particular to allegations of frauds, of criminal mismanagement, of money laundering and so-called misappropriation." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S SPOKESMAN ANDRE MARTY SAYING: "Particularly, we are interested in understanding much better what happened with the payment of an amount of about 7 million euros, later on reduced to 6.7 million euros, that might not have been used for the proper use that was foreseen with the organizational committee of the football World Cup 2006." STORY: A Swiss soccer task force has carried out eight simultaneous searches of houses and facilities in Austria, German and Switzerland, says the Office of Switzerland's Attorney General, looking for evidence of criminal financial mismanagement and fraud. Andre Marty, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office (OAG) in Bern, said on Thursday (September 1) the OAG was examining the allocation of money around the organizational committee of Germany's 2006 World Cup, not the allocation of the 2006 World Cup to Germany. "The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland opened a criminal investigation against people very well-known in the German football reality, that is particularly Mr Franz Beckenbauer and other members of the former organizational committee of the World Cup 2006," said Marty. "The proceedings relate in particular to allegations of frauds, of criminal mismanagement, of money laundering and so-called misappropriation," he added. He continued that the OAG was interested in one particular payment by the organizational committee. "We are interested in understanding much better what happened with the payment of an amount of about 7 million euros, later on reduced to 6.7 million euros, that might not have been used for the proper use that was foreseen with the organizational committee of the football World Cup 2006," he said. Marty said the payment related to a gala which he said did not appear to have taken place publicly. The investigation was to discover if the money had been diverted elsewhere. In all, four members of the 2006 tournament's organising committee have been placed under investigation. They were Beckenbauer, who led West Germany to World Cup wins as both player and manager, former DFB presidents Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach, and former secretary general Horst Schmidt. Beckenbauer, who could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday, has previously admitted to making mistakes but has denied intentional wrongdoing. The offences detailed are estimated to carry a 5-year prison sentence if proven guilty.

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Investigators hunt for millions of euros involved in Germany's 2006 World Cup

Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 00:57