A former German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach is facing a two-year ban from all football-related activity after the independent ethics committee of Fifa recommended the former football chief be punished for a breach of its ethics code.
According to the BBC, Niersbach In November resigned from his role as German FA president over bribery allegations amid allegations OF a £4.9m payment to Fifa used to buy votes for Germany’s 2006 World Cup bid.
That payment resulted in German authorities opening a tax evasion investigation, but Niersbach has said he always worked “cleanly, confidently and correctly”.
In March, the world governing body began investigations into the role of Niersbach and five others, including German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, in Germany’s bid to host the 2006 World Cup.
It said Niersbach, who was elected to the football body and Uefa executive committees last year, would be investigated in order to examine a “possible failure to report a breach of the governing body’s code of ethics”.
Beckenbauer and three others were to be investigated for “possible undue payments and contracts to gain an advantage in the 2006 World Cup host selection”.
Fifa’s ethics committee also recommended that Niersbach be fined £20,000.