Beckenbauer paid 5.5 million euros for 2006 World Cup work

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 14, 2016 10:26 AM
Beckenbauer paid 5.5 million euros for 2006 World Cup work
FILE - In this June 29, 2006 file photo Franz Beckenbauer, then President of the German Organization Committee of the soccer World Cup briefs the media during a news conference at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Swiss federal prosecutors say they are conducting an "ongoing operation" in an investigation of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee as part of a wider probe of corruption linked to FIFA. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file )

BERLIN (AP) — The German football federation (DFB) says former soccer great Franz Beckenbauer received payments totaling 5.5 million euros ($6.2 million) for his work leading the country's successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup.

Beckenbauer was previously said to have worked in an honorary unpaid capacity for the bid, according to Der Spiegel magazine, which first revealed details of the payments Tuesday.

The DFB, in responding to Der Spiegel's story, says Beckenbauer conducted work for a betting agency that sponsored the bid, and that the DFB made five payments from the proceeds of the sponsorship agreement between February 2005 and October 2006.

Beckenbauer's original contract with the DFB from Oct. 14, 2004 contained performance-related bonuses.

Beckenbauer is among several people under a Swiss criminal probe into suspected corruption around the 2006 World Cup.

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