FIFA keen to continue investigating corruption surrounding Germany’s successful bid to host 2006 World Cup after coronavirus chaos takes pending trial past allotted time frame
- Statute of limitations saw trial end in the Swiss federal criminal court
- Charges have been dropped against four former football officials
- The dropped charges relate to coronavirus taking case past allotted time frame
- Franz Beckenbauer had been scheduled to give evidence at the trial
- The head of the 2006 organising committee was not eligible for indictment
- Trial concerned unexplained payments worth several million pounds
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Charges have been dropped against four former football officials after a suspension of the Swiss federal criminal court, related to the pressures of coronavirus, took the case past its allotted time frame.
Franz Beckenbauer, a World Cup winner as both player and manager for Germany and head of the 2006 organising committee, was not considered eligible for indictment on health grounds but had been scheduled to give evidence at the trial, which concerned unexplained payments worth several million pounds into, and out of, FIFA accounts.
FIFA are keen to continue investigating Germany’s successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup for corruption after the collapse of a trial at the Swiss federal criminal court
In a strongly-worded statement on Tuesday night, FIFA made clear its frustration at the collapse but suggested it would support any attempt to reopen the probe under different jurisdiction.
‘FIFA is deeply disappointed that the trial related to the 2006 FIFA World Cup (in) Germany will not take place because it has now become time barred,’ it read.
‘For its part, FIFA fully cooperated with this investigation over the years, responding to many requests made by the Office of the Attorney General and incurring significant costs and management time in doing so.
Head of the 2006 organising committee Franz Beckenbauer (right) was due to give evidence
‘The fact that the case has now ended without a result of any kind is very worrying, not only for football but also for the administration of justice in Switzerland.
‘We hope that the truth around the 10million Swiss Francs (£8.3m) payment will one day come to light and that those having committed wrongful acts will be duly sanctioned, if not in Switzerland then maybe somewhere else.
‘For FIFA this case is certainly not over as we cannot and will not accept that a 10m Swiss Francs payment is made from FIFA accounts without a proper reason.
‘Even if this has happened many years ago and was symptomatic for the old FIFA, FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee will…