By Simon Evans
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – FIFA’s Ethics committee says it can’t prosecute German former World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer and two different German soccer officers in an alleged bribery case because of time operating out on the case.
FIFA’s investigatory chamber concluded in 2016 that Beckenbauer, Theo Zwanziger and Horst Schmidt had damaged the organisation’s guidelines on bribery and corruption through the profitable German bid marketing campaign for the internet hosting rights to the 2006 World Cup. All three males have denied wrongdoing.
FIFA stated the offences have been “in relation to a cost of CHF 10 million ($11 million) made by, or on behalf of, the Organising Committee (OC) to Mr Mohamed bin Hammam in 2002. This cost was linked to the approval of a monetary contribution of CHF 250 million allotted and paid by FIFA to the OC between 2002 and 2006.”
FIFA’s ethics committee stated that the circumstances might not be handled as a result of expiry of statute of limitations.
“The related limitation interval had expired in 2012 for the conduct of Mr Beckenbauer, and in 2015 for the conduct of each Mr Zwanziger and Mr Schmidt, which entailed that their conduct can not be prosecuted in accordance with article 12 of (the FIFA ethics code),” the committee stated.
In 2016, FIFA imposed a warning and a 7,000 Swiss franc wonderful on Beckenbauer for failing to cooperate with the investigation relating to the 2018/2022 World Cup bids.
The Beckenbauer case triggered an investigation from Swiss authorities however final 12 months that handed the statute of limitations of 5 years to safe convictions resulting in criticism of Switzerland’s former Legal professional Common Michael Lauber.
Bin Hammam was given a lifetime ban from the sport by FIFA for alleged bribery in a separate case, linked to his failed bid to oust then FIFA president Sepp Blatter within the organisation’s election.
Beckenbauer was captain of West Germany’s 1974 World Cup successful group and is taken into account one of many nation’s biggest gamers and one of many sport’s best central defenders.
The 75-year-old later turned the nationwide group coach, in addition to teaching Bayern Munich and French membership Olympique de Marseille.
He was later president of Bayern and vice-president of the German Soccer Affiliation (DFB).
(Reporting by Simon Evans, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)