By DAN KARELL
Another high-profile soccer figure is firmly on the side of those calling for FIFA to publish the contents of their ethics report into the bidding and voting process of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Former German soccer star Franz Beckenbauer told reporters at a conference in London that he didn’t think FIFA had any reason to fear the report being released, and called for it to be published.
“Personally there’s nothing to hide,” Beckenbauer said. “If you have nothing to hide you can publish and divulge it.”
The former FIFA Executive Committee member, who was briefly suspended from all soccer-related activity in June for refusing to cooperate with Michael Garcia’s ethics investigation, claimed he never took a bribe or gift in exchange for his vote in the World Cup elections. However, he refused to say who he voted for.
“Nobody offered me anything in order to influence my vote. No. This did not happen,” Beckenbauer said. “As far as the vote is concerned I can’t say anything because it was a secret ballot and I have to observe this agreement made at the time.”
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CASILLAS ADMITS HE NEARLY LEFT MADRID
Iker Casillas is back as the Real Madrid No. 1 goalkeeper, but he admitted while he was the backup he nearly left the club.
The Real Madrid captain gave a lengthy interview to Spanish sport channel Canal Plus, and said that during the tough times where he was benched in place of Diego Lopez, Casillas considered heading to greener pastures.
“I thought about going,” Casillas said. “If you’re a bother and you don’t want to have any run-ins with anyone… What you want is for Real Madrid to always win. But in the end, at 33 years of age, you think, why should I? I want to fight, to make a go of it, to be reborn form the ashes.”
Casillas revealed that despite plenty of speculation that Arsenal were set to bid for the Spanish National Team goalkeeper, there was never a “concrete” offer.
“There was a lot of talk about an offer from Arsenal, but there was nothing concrete,” Casillas said. “I want to stay at Real Madrid, keep fighting here and finish my career here.”
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Brazil will take on Austria in Vienna a friendly match on Nov. 18. (REPORT)
Schalke 04 have fired coach Jens Keller and replaced him with former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo. (REPORT)
Former Mexico National Team manager Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre is being considered for the vacant Chivas de Guadalajara job after former coach Carlos Bustos resigned. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? What do you think of Beckenbauer’s comments? Is it ironic that he won’t reveal who he voted for? Do you see Casillas staying at Real Madrid for life?
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