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FIFA ethics committee places German official under probe

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SANTO ANDRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 09: Helmut Sandrock general secretary of German Football Association (DFB) ,alks to the media during the German National team press conference at Campo Bahia on June 9, 2014 in Santo Andre, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) FIFA ethics investigators have recommended a fine and social work for a former high-ranking German soccer federation official for failing to report possible corruption around the 2006 World Cup.

Helmut Sandrock resigned as general secretary of the German federation in February. His former boss, federation president Wolfgang Niersbach, was banned from soccer for one year in July in the first sanction from the investigation into Germany’s World Cup bid. Niersbach stepped down from the job in November but remains a member of FIFA’s ruling council. He is appealing the suspension.

FIFA’s ethics committee found Niersbach guilty of failing to report findings of possible unethical conduct and conflicts of interest during the bidding process.

Sandrock is accused of similar misconduct and the ethics committee investigators recommended a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,000), plus social work.