Beckenbauer ‘paid millions’ as chair of WC2006 committee


Berlin—Franz Beckenbauer, who said he worked for free as chairman of Germany’s World Cup organising committee, actually drew a fee of more than five million euros, news website Spiegel Online reported Wednesday.
The German football legend also sought to hide the sum from tax authorities, the magazine said, in the latest embarrassment for Beckenbauer, who is being investigated by Swiss authorities in relation to corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.
The latest revelation drew anger from German Football Federation chief Reinhard Grindel, who accused the man nicknamed “the Kaiser”, 71, of lying and misleading the public.
According to Spiegel, the sum was taken from a donation of 12 million euros made by a World Cup sponsor—the gambling company Oddset.
“We know that Franz Beckenbauer worked for Oddset in the framework of the World Cup. But we were not aware that he drew a sum of 5.5 million euros ($6.2 million) from the budget of the organisation of World Cup 2006,” Grindel said in a statement. “Obviously, given these conditions, we cannot say that he had worked on an unpaid basis for the organising committee,” the DFB boss added in a statement from Athens, where he was attending the UEFA congress.—AFP