Berlin - Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the
German Football Association (DFB), said on Wednesday that he will appeal the
one-year ban imposed on him by FIFA's ethics committee.
The 65-year-old was banned on Monday over misconduct
surrounding Germany's successful 2006 World Cup bid.
Niersbach resigned from the German FA last November amid
accusations the DFB used a slush fund of 10 million Swiss francs (6.7 million
euros, $8 million, according to the exchange rate at that time) in 2000 to buy
the right to host the tournament.
Niersbach confirmed reports to SID, an AFP subsidiary, that
he wants "to lodge an appeal after consultation with my lawyer" and
wants to "get written reasons for the judgment if nothing else".
FIFA's ethics committee found Niersbach guilty of failing to
report findings about possible unethical conduct and conflicts of interest
during the bidding process.
In 2006, the former sports journalist was the vice-president
of the 2006 World Cup organising committee and was in charge of media and
Niersbach says he has "acknowledged and regretted"
his mistakes, but described the punishment as "inappropriate and
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He had hoped to have his name cleared before the hearing in
Zurich, although investigators had wanted a two-year ban.
Niersbach had insisted that quitting his job should have
been punishment enough because he was not directly accused of paying bribes or
financially benefitting from corruption.
The ethics committee suspension has forced his immediate
removal from posts he currently holds on the FIFA Council and UEFA executive
FIFA opened a probe on March 22 targeting six people
including Niersbach and Franz Beckenbauer, the German football legend and World
Cup organising committee chief, over their roles in the bidding process, amid
allegations of bribery.
The FIFA investigation followed the release of a report
commissioned by the DFB which found that Germany may have bought votes to
secure the tournament.
The report linked Beckenbauer to a suspect deal with
disgraced former FIFA bigwig Jack Warner. For
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