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Beckenbauer breaks silence to deny World Cup "bribe"

Published: 21 December 2016 Wednesday, 04:05  PM

Beckenbauer breaks silence to deny World Cup "bribe"

Bonn, Dec 21 ( - German football great Franz Beckenbauer has again rejected allegations of bribes paid in connection with the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Breaking a long silence on the affair, Beckenbauer wrote in Germany`s Bild newspaper: "The award of the World Cup to Germany was not bought to the best of my knowledge. We did not want to bribe anyone and we did not bribe anyone."

Beckenbauer, 71, then head of the German World Cup organising committee, is a central figure in investigations into unclear payments in connection with the World Cup.

Saying it would be his last column for Bild, Beckenbauer said he could not comment in detail about the affair "before the German and Swiss authorities, with whom I am cooperating of course, have finished their investigations."