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German authorities has declared that former national team coach Franz Beckenbauer is not a target on the ongoing tax evasion case.
Prosecutors in Frankfurt revealed that Beckenbauer, 70, is not under investigation for tax evasion in connection with Germany’s World Cup bid that lead to the country hosting the 2006 tournament. German authorities searched the headquarters of the German Football Federation, DFB, on Tuesday, along with the homes of DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach, his predecessor Theo Zwanziger and former treasurer Horst R Schmidt, who are all under investigation.
“Prosecutors in Frankfurt have opened investigations on suspicion of serious tax evasion linked to the awarding of the football championship in 2006 and the transfer of €6.7m of the organizing committee for the German Football Association to the FIFA football association,” prosecutors said.
The DFB released a statement on their website, saying that they are fully cooperating with the prosecutors.
“The German Football Association (DFB) fully supports the investigation conducted by the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office on suspicion of tax evasion in a particularly serious case in connection with the awarding of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the transfer of 6.7 million euros from the World Championships organizing committee to the FIFA.”
Reports say that prosecutors seized hard drives and documents at the DFB headquarters, where around 50 agents took part in the raid.
Franz Beckenbauer was the president of the German organizing committee that brought the 2006 World Cup to Germany. He coached the national team (West Germany) between 1984-1990.