Franz Beckenbauer: German football legend’s corruption trial ends without verdict

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Franz Beckenbauer played in three World Cups for West Germany and was captain when they won the trophy in 1974

The trial of German football legend Franz Beckenbauer for corruption has been closed without a verdict.

The five-year trial in Switzerland has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and the statute of limitations has now expired.

Beckenbauer was one of four men investigated for suspected corruption at the 2006 World Cup.

The 74-year-old, who won the World Cup as a player in 1974 and coach in 1990, denied the allegations.

FIFA, the governing body of world football, said it was “deeply disappointed” that the trial would not take place.

The FIFA statement added: “The fact that the case ended without result of any kind is of great concern, not only for football, but for the administration of justice in Switzerland. “

In Switzerland, the maximum period for initiating criminal proceedings for alleged fraud is 15 years.

The courts no longer have jurisdiction over the Beckenbauer case over an incident in 2005.

Beckenbaur was the head of the World Cup organizing committee when Germany was named host of the 2006 World Cup.

He was charged with making two payments totaling £ 8.4 million to former FIFA executive Mohamed bin Hammam in 2005.

In October 2015, Beckenbauer said he did not “give anyone money to buy votes.”

Germany defeated South Africa 12-11 in the World Cup vote in July 2000.

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