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Bayern stand by Franz Beckenbauer, says chairman Rummenigge

Munich: Bayern Munich will stand by hon president Franz Beckenbauer amid calls for the German legend to explain his part in the 2006 World Cup scandal, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer

Beckenbauer (70) headed up Germany's organising committee for the 2006 World Cup finals, the awarding of which has become the subject of a police investigation here after magazine Spiegel made allegations that FIFA votes were bought in 2000.

'The Kaiser' has been silent even after Wolfgang Niersbach resigned as president of the German Football Association (DFB) on Monday and took "political responsibility" for the scandal.

But Rummenigge insists Bayern stand by Beckenbauer, who captained his country to the 1974 World Cup title and coached the triumphant 1990 team. said Rummenigge: "I'm not an insider in this not-very-nice story, but Franz Beckenbauer was my coach, my captain, my president.

He has done outstanding things for Bayern and when a friend is in trouble, you have to stand by his side. And that's what we'll do at Bayern Munich."

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