FBI probes Germany over 2006 World Cup payment

Suspect payment made by German football federation to FIFA before tournament was awarded, sources close to FIFA say.

    The German football federation says the money was a $7.22m loan to FIFA in 2002 to obtain a large grant [Sueddeutsche Zeitung]
    The German football federation says the money was a $7.22m loan to FIFA in 2002 to obtain a large grant [Sueddeutsche Zeitung]

    German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reports that the FBI has opened a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

    SZ said it was told by "sources close to FIFA" that the FBI was concerned about a suspect payment made by the German football federation to FIFA before the tournament was awarded.

    The DFB said the money was a loan of 10 million Swiss francs - the equivalent of $7.22m - from then-Adidas boss Robert Louis-Dreyfus to FIFA in 2002 to obtain a large grant for the World Cup organising committee.

    It is unclear who exactly received the money, however.

    The payment is also the target of a tax evasion investigation by German and Swiss authorities.

    SOURCE: Sueddeutsche Zeitung And AP


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