Former Germany international Franz Beckenbauer, the only man that has won the World Cup as both a captain and a coach, faces the prospect of being fined for failing to assist the investigation into alleged corruption at FIFA. According to the German newspaper Die Welt, FIFA’s ethics commission found that Beckenbauer refused to answer questions from U.S. prosecutor Michael Garcia, who was hired by FIFA in 2012 to look into possible corruption related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively. Apparently, Beckenbauer declined to be interviewed because he didn’t understand all of the questions, which were in English.
Beckenbauer left FIFA as an executive in 2011 but is still associated with the organization as a “special adviser.” Unlike UEFA President Michel Platini, Beckenbauer has so far refused to declare which country he voted for in the bid for the 2022 World Cup.
Die Welt’s source, a “high-up source within FIFA,” believes that Garcia would not treat Beckenbauer differently than anyone else who declined to be interviewed for the investigation. “An American prosecutor won’t care whether he is a German national icon, a German or not,” the source said, adding that it was “highly likely” that Garcia would call for a fine against him.
The former Germany captain has denied that his vote was influenced by Qatari lobbying or that he ever worked on behalf of Mohamed bin Hammam, the then FIFA executive member for Qatar, though the media has reported that Beckenbauer repeatedly visited the emirate both before and after Qatar won the bid in 2010.