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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