November 13, 2015

BERLIN (AP) Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing the German soccer federation to get to the bottom of allegations surrounding the 2006 World Cup.

Questions have swirled in recent weeks over a suspect payment to FIFA in connection with the World Cup.

On Monday, federation president Wolfgang Niersbach resigned, saying he was taking ''political responsibility'' despite not having done anything wrong.

The payment has led to a tax-evasion probe against Niersbach and two other former officials. Some Germans worry the scandal will do permanent damage to memories of what became known as the ''summer fairy tale'' of 2006, when the World Cup polished the country's image abroad.

Merkel says ''the memories are unchangeable and, apart from that, I hope that the German Football Federation will transparently clear up everything that happened.''

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