The FIFA ethics committee has launched a formal investigation against six senior officials over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.
Soccer star Franz Beckenbauer is among the six people who are being investigated. Others include former German soccer officials Wolfgang Niersbach, Helmut Sandrock, Theo Zwanziger, Horst Schmidt and Stefan Hans.
Germany was selected to host over South Africa with a 12–11 final vote in July 2000.
“In the cases of Mr. Beckenbauer, Dr. Zwanziger, Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Hans, the investigatory chamber will investigate possible undue payments and contracts to gain an advantage in the 2006 FIFA World Cup host selection and the associated funding,“ the ethics committee said in a statement.
Beckenbauer has previously denied any wrongdoing as he served as the head of the World Cup's organizing committee.