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FIFA sanctions Franz Beckenbauer over World Cup bidding probe

Geneva: FIFA's ethics committee yesterday sanctioned German football legend Franz Beckenbauer with a warning and a light fine for failing to cooperate with a probe into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

German great Franz Beckenbauer
German great Franz Beckenbauer

The investigation into the controversial decisions to award the two tournaments to Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022) culminated in the now famous 2014 report authored by former US prosecutor Michael Garcia, which FIFA has so far not released, citing procedural reasons.

'Failed to cooperate'
Beckenbauer "failed to cooperate" with the investigation, "despite repeated requests for his assistance," an ethics committee statement said. The information sought from Beckenbauer included "requests to provide information during an in-person interview and in response to written questions presented in both English and German," the statement added.

FIFA judges issued a warning to Beckenbauer and fined him 7,000 Swiss francs ($7,000, 6,350 euros). Beckenbauer, 70, served on the panel that chose the tournament hosts. In June 2014, he was suspended for 90 days for his alleged reluctance to cooperate with the Garcia probe, but that suspension was lifted after two weeks.

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