Germany have been accused of ‘buying 2006 World Cup with a secret slush fund provided by the Adidas CEO Robert Louis-Dreyfus, according to an explosive report published by respected German magazine Der Spiegel.
Franz Beckenbauer, the head of Germany’s Bid Committee, must have known about the fund, as must current German FA chief Wolfgang Niersbach, a prominent anti-Blatter critic, the report alleges.
The report alleges that a 13 million (£8.8m) Swiss Franc fund was used to pay for the votes of the four Asian members of the Executive Committee, including South Korean Dr Chung Mong-Joon, who was last week banned from football for six years by Fifa’s Ethics Committee.
The money was borrowed from the private accounts of Frenchman Louis-Dreyfus, the now deceased former Adidas CEO. It was returned almost five years later, via an account in Zurich, hidden in a complex web of monies owed between Fifa and Germany’s Local Organising Committee.
Dr Chung, a billionaire businessman from the Hyundai car dynasty, told Der Spiegal the allegations were not worth commenting upon.
Meanwhile, Germany’s Football Association (DFB) said on Friday it was investigating a 6.7m euros payment from the country’s 2006 World Cup organising committee to Fifa that may not have been used as intended.
The German association said it had found no indication of wrongdoing in the overall process that awarded that year’s global tournament to Germany.
The DFB said it had initially started an investigation into the awarding of the 2006 World Cub to Germany, partly because of speculation about it in the media.
“Within the framework of these investigations, the DFB found no indication of irregularities while there was equally no indication whatsoever that votes of delegates were bought,” the German association said in a statement.
“This may potentially not have been used for the intended purpose,” the association said, adding it was looking at all legal aspects of the case and the potential for a possible demand for the return of the money.
Germany won the vote to host the 2006 World Cup in July 2000, after a 12:11 final vote of Fifa’s Executive Committee. New Zealand’s Charles Dempsey mysteriously abstained in the final.