28 Nov 2014

Beckenbauer being investigated

12:12 pm on 28 November 2014

Germany's World Cup-winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer is being investigated over his part in picking Russia and Qatar as FIFA World Cup football hosts.

The 69-year-old was one of 22 men who voted in December 2010 on where the 2018 and 2022 events would be held.

Former Germany player and coach Franz Beckenbauer.

Former Germany player and coach Franz Beckenbauer. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Prospective FIFA presidential candidate Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who led FIFA's pre-decision inspection of the bidding nations, is also under investigation.

Ethics chief Michael Garcia is also investigating three FIFA executives.

All three are current members of the world governing body's executive committee - they are Spain's Angel Maria Villar Llona, Michel D'Hooghe from Belgium and Worawi Makudi from Thailand.

American lawyer Garcia opened formal proceedings against "a number of individuals" last week.

Earlier this month, FIFA published a summary report - which Garcia himself claimed was "incomplete and erroneous" - from his two-year inquiry into the bidding process.

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