Franz Beckenbauer denies German slush fund

Franz Beckenbauer, who headed the organising committee for the 2006 World Cup, rejected claims that a slush fund had been set up to buy votes and bring the tournament to Germany back in 2000. The DFB said on Friday its own investigation had found no wrongdoing in the process of being awarded the 2006 World Cup but said it was investigating a payment of €6.7m from the committee to Fifa for a cultural programme during the 2006 World Cup and whether it was used as intended.

Der Spiegel said this payment was a return of a loan paid by Louis-Dreyfus to help it set up the alleged slush fund.

In additio German is undergoing an integrity crisis with the Volkswagen scandal.