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German 2006 organizers paid FIFA

THE German Football Federation (DFB) yesterday insisted that a US$7.6 million payment made by the 2006 World Cup organizers to FIFA had nothing to do with the awarding of the event to Germany.

The payment was unearthed by the DFB during an internal investigation into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup prompted by the wave of scandal engulfing FIFA.

The DFB explained that in the course of its probe to ensure nothing amiss had occurred during the bidding process “it had come across a 6.7 million euros payment made to FIFA in April 2005, money which could have been used for something else other than its original intended target (FIFA’s cultural program).

“The payment was not connected with the awarding (of the 2006 World Cup) made almost five years earlier,” the DFB stressed.

At the vote in July 2000, Germany saw off South Africa by 12 votes to 11 to win the right to hold the 2006 World Cup, with South Africa going on to stage the 2010 edition.

The DFB said it had found no “irregularities” in Germany’s winning bid to stage the football showpiece.


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