28 Apr 2020
A corruption case involving a payment connected to Germany’s bid for the 2006 World Cup is set to be dropped because too much time has passed since the alleged offence.
The Swiss federal criminal court is expected to confirm today that charges against four former football officials will be dropped as more than 15 years has passed.
The statute of limitations expired yesterday on fraud allegations linked to a €6.7million (£5.8 million) payment that implicated Germany’s most famous football figure, Franz Beckenbauer.
The 74-year-old, who won the World Cup as a player and a manager, was the head of the 2006 organising committee but was not indicted due to health reasons. He and the former Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, had been due to give evidence by video link as witnesses.
Two members of the 2006 World Cup committee, Theo Zwanziger and Horst Schmidt, plus former Fifa secretary general Urs Linsi, were charged with fraud last August.
By Martyn Ziegler, The Times, 28 April 2020
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