Beckenbauer provisionally banned from soccer
[FIFA] Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as a player and coach and was the head of the 2006 German World Cup
organizing committee, was banned by FIFA for 90 days failing to cooperate in the corruption investigation into the awards for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
"The apparent breach relates
to Mr Beckenbauer's failure to cooperate with an Ethics Committee investigation despite repeated requests for his assistance," FIFA said in a statement. "The case is now the subject of formal
investigation proceedings being conducted by investigatory chamber member Vanessa Allard as chief of the investigation."
Beckenbauer admitted he
rebuffed several attempts by former U.S. prosecutor Michael Garcia, the chief FIFA investigator, to meet, saying he didn't understand the questions.
“I was ready to answer all the relevant questions," he told German tabloid Bild. "However, they were in legal English and I did not fully understand such complicated material. I asked kindly
for a discussion in the German language and this was rejected.”
Beckenbauer was serving on the FIFA executive committee when it voted for Russia and Qatar as the hosts of the next
two World Cups. He has not said who he voted for, but his likely choices were Russia and the USA (after inititally supporting Australia in 2022).
His only current title in soccer is
honorary chairman of Bayern Munich, the club for which he played, coached and served as president.
FIFA has the power to only force the cooperation of those involved in soccer. It cannot
compel the likes of former executive committee members Qatari Mohammed bin Hammam, Trinidadian Jack Warner and Brazilian
Ricardo Teixeira, all whom have been banned or resigned.
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