Criminal charges filed in World Cup corruption case with ties to football legend

6 August 2019

World Cup
Photo: Getty Images Swiss legal authorities have filed criminal charges against former FIFA members in relation to alleged corruption around bidding for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Here picture from the final between Italy and France at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin.

Swiss authorities file first criminal charges in 100 ongoing cases into FIFA corruption.

Former FIFA Exco members and general secretary implicated in 2006 World Cup bribery case.

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer to face separate case.

Further charges expected, while probe into Qatar 2022 ongoing.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

Swiss legal authorities have filed criminal charges against two former FIFA Executive Committee members and a former FIFA general secretary in relation to alleged corruption around bidding for the 2006 World Cup.

German football officials Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach – who served on FIFA’s executive committee – Horst Schmidt, and the former FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi have had the indictment filed against them by the Swiss Attorney General’s office (OAG).

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