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Germany denies reports of 2006 World Cup bribes

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach gesticulates prior to the FIFA Executive Committee meeting press conference at the FIFA headquarters on September 25, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

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The German Football Federation is not pleased with Der Spiegel’s allegations that it bribed FIFA officials to gain hosting rights to the 2006 World Cup.

With the spotlight dead-set on FIFA for potential misdeeds in awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar, this is far from what’s needed yet sadly nothing unexpected.

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Whether true or not, any World Cup host under the watch of Sepp Blatter as president could face questions as investigations move forward. And German federation president Wolfgang Niersbach (above) and Franz Beckenbauer are now facing just that.

Germany’s federation, the DFB, isn’t pleased. From the Associated Press, which says DFB is threatening legal action against the publication in question:

The DFB says news magazine Der Spiegel’s report Friday that a slush fund of 10.3 million Swiss francs (about $6 million at that time) was used to secure four votes from FIFA’s 24-member executive committee is “completely baseless.”

This will certainly be yet another situation to monitor as the investigations into FIFA move forward. Whose shoe is going to drop next?

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