Zurich - FIFA's ethics committee adjudicatory chamber on
Friday recommended a two-year ban from all football activities for Wolfgang
Niersbach, former president of the German Football Association (DFB), over an
alleged corruption scandal around the right to host the 2006 World Cup.
FIFA's ethics chief Dr Cornel Borbly opened the probe in
March and last month passed on his report to the adjudicatory chamber, which
has now decided to proceed with "formal adjudicatory proceedings against
FIFA's investigatory chamber had recommended that Nierbach
be banned for two years from all football-related activity and fined of CHF
30,000 (27,000 euro, $30,000).
"In the course of the proceedings, Mr Niersbach will be
invited to submit his position including any evidence with regard to the final
report of the investigatory chamber and may request a hearing," a FIFA
ethics committee statement read.
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Niersbach, vice-president of the 2006 World Cup organising
committee and current member of the FIFA Council and the UEFA executive
committee, resigned from the German federation last November.
The 65-year-old quit amid accusations the DFB used a slush
fund of 10 million Swiss francs (6.7 million euro, $8 million, according to the
exchange rate at that time) in 2000 to buy the right to host the 2006 World Cup
FIFA's ethics committee's investigation had targeted six
people over their roles in the bidding process, with the probe partly focused
on alleged bribery.
Those targeted included Franz Beckenbauer, the German
football legend and World Cup organising committee chief who is suspected of
bribery, along with Helmut Sandrock and Horst Schmidt, both former DFB
secretary generals and Theo Zwanziger, former DFB president.For
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