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Voting FIFA member Franz Beckenbauer suspended for stonewalling Qatar inquiry

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A FIFA member who voted in the process that resulted in a 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been suspended for refusing to cooperate with an investigation into bribery.

German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer has been banned from participating in any soccer-related activity for 90 days, FIFA announced Friday. Beckenbauer refused to cooperate with FIFA ethics investigators despite “repeated requests for his assistance, including requests that he provide information during an in-person interview or in response to written questions provided in both English and German.”

Alan Sullivan, deputy chairman of the deciding arm of FIFA’s ethics Committee handed down the ban at the request of Michael J. Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber.

Beckenbauer was a voting member of FIFA’s executive committee in December 2010 when it chose Qatar along with Russia as 2018 World Cup host. He left the FIFA executive committee in 2011 but has remained on their football committee.

What do you think of this report? Is the 90-day suspension the right punishment? Should Franz Beckenbauer be forced to comply with FIFA’s requests?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Kiphino

    That picture looks like one of those villain get-togethers from a James Bond movie. Explains a lot.


  • Smith

    That’s not just any member. That’s der Kaiser. The layers of intrigue here are fascinating. For instance, who is behind the recent leaks t the Times? Maybe Sepp Blatter with the aim of ending Platini as a rival?


    • Luke

      Absolutely! Every time he is up for re-election, their are leaks that coincidentally implicate his main rivals. 2011 it was Mohamed bin Hammam and his disgrace and banishment from FIFA, now it’s Platini.


  • whoop-whoop

    So…. refusing to cooperate with an investigation gets you a 3 month vacation…. that happens to coincide with World Cup and summertime holiday??? I’m sure he’s devastated by this development.


    • Landy Cakes

      No no no. he’s not allowed to watch the games, that’s FIFA activity, he has to cover his eyes with his hands.


      • whoop-whoop

        Or go incognito, exiled to watching poolside from a beach-front Copacabana penthouse drinking chilled caipirinha from the navels of samba dancers.


  • deno

    I used to have a pair of his shoes. If I still had them, I would have to not wear them in disgust or something.


  • Josh D

    There were rumors about his involvement a few months ago. This doesn’t look good on him at all. He’s obviously hiding something. Yes I’m jumping to conclusions.


    • Felix

      Pretty hard not to when you refuse to talk.
      It only serves to make FIFA look worse.


  • Mr_A

    A nice setup to sending someone’s political enemy in Qatar a nominal fee as a refund of a bribe, and then moving the WC to a neutral country like Switzerland.


  • michael f. sbi mafia original

    FIFA is the most corrupt business there is. Beckenbauer is an a-hole. Just ask Klinsy. I’m sure he took a bribe(s) and yes, he should be forced to answer the questions and cooperate. If Qatar ends up actually hosting the World Cup, after all the dirt that will continue to come out and proven truthful, I’ll eat my hat!


  • WhiteHart

    I always like to see all the facts laid out on the table before I jump to conclusions, but the fact that he refused to even discuss it, not just refused to answer some questions is about as big a sign that something sinister happened as there could be.


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