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‘Kaiser’ not happy with German FA

FRANZ Beckenbauer, the former World Cup-winning player and coach at the heart of a scandal surrounding the 2006 tournament, is unhappy with the German FA’s response to his offer of a “personal” discussion with the association.

The DFB is eager for Beckenbauer to provide answers on several issues, including a controversial 2005 payment to FIFA and a draft contract with a disgraced former vice president at soccer’s global governing body.

At the heart of the affair is the 6.7 million euros (US$7.15 million) payment from the German FA to FIFA that Der Spiegel magazine claimed in October was a return on a loan from then adidas CEO Robert Louis-Dreyfus to help buy votes for Germany’s World Cup bid at the FIFA election in 2000.

Beckenbauer, who headed the 2006 World Cup organizing committee, has rejected allegations of a slush fund to buy votes for Germany’s bid but has previously admitted the payment to FIFA had been “a mistake in hindsight”.

In published excerpts of an interview with Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung’s weekend edition, Beckenbauer, known as the ‘Kaiser’, said he had offered a “personal discussion” with German football association (DFB) bosses who did not respond to his request.

“When you know each other so long and then you do not get any reaction (to my letter) and learn everything from the television, then where are we?” he said.

“When and how is something that I will now decide calmly after discussing it with my lawyers,” he said when asked if he would talk again with the DFB.

The DFB, which could not be reached for comment, has said it wanted Beckenbauer to meet once more with the legal firm conducting an internal investigation and was not keen on a personal meeting.

Suspicion surrounding Beckenbauer has grown with the DFB saying a contract between him and former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, banned from football for life, was signed four days before the 2000 vote.


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