German soccer has been in crisis since media reports alleged that the country's association used a secret slush fund to buy votes for the right to host the 2006 World Cup. Today, president Wolfgang Niersbach announced his resignation.
Former FIFA official Mohamed bin Hammam has admitted he received a payment from a World Cup organizing committee account after the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany. However, he denied the money was a bribe.
German prosecutors are reported to have found that Franz Beckenbauer made a false statement regarding the scandal related to the 2006 World Cup. There was no immediate comment from the footballing legend.
The German FA has said it will fight an order to pay millions of euros in back taxes. The case is related to the scandal surrounding Germany's successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup.
FIFA has rejected an appeal by former German Football Federation (DFB) President Wolfgang Niersbach. The governing body maintained a one-year ban and Niersbach has resigned from his FIFA and UEFA posts.
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