Report: German arms shipment ordered to swing Saudi vote in 2006 World Cup bid

For the last five years, all the talk has been about accusations that the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid campaigns were rigged.

But the lid has been blown off previous World Cup campaigns with American Chuck Blazer's admission in his plea statement that he took bribes for his vote in the 1998 and 2010 World Cup bids.

Now comes charges by Die Zeit that then-German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s government agreed with the German soccer federation to send Saudi Arabia rocket-propelled grenades, in an attempt to steer the Middle Eastern nation away from backing Morocco in the 2006 bid race Germany eventually won, 12-11, over South Africa.

Saudi Abdullah Al-Dabal was a member of the executive committee when the vote was taken in 2000 when Asia's four votes swung the decision in Germany's favor.

Die Zeit also reported German firms, including Volkswagen and Bayer, pledged to make investments in Thailand and South Korea, which both had representatives on the exco.

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