Berlin - The German Football Association (DFB) is reported
to have sent a bill for 6.7 million euros ($7.49m) to a former official who
helped organise the scandal-hit 2006 World Cup.
German daily Bild claim Fedor Radmann, the deputy president
of the organising committee for the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany, has been
informed he has 20 days to prove he has transferred the sum.
The procedure and fixed time limit are usual practice for
debt recovery procedure in Switzerland, where Radmann now lives, and a DFB
spokesman says it is intended to impede the limitation of possible claims
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"In this case, it is about maintaining legal
positions," a DFB spokesman told Bild.
"In Switzerland, this is done through the procedures of
debt collection and we have followed the necessary steps in due time."
The sum of 6.7 million euros corresponds to the cash
transferred by the organising committee to football's world governing body
FIFA, which has never been satisfactorily explained, in 2000, just days before
Germany won the right to host the 2006 World Cup.
Both Franz Beckenbauer, the chairman of the 2006 World Cup
organising committee, and Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the DFB
who resigned over the scandal, which first came to light last October, have
denied any wrongdoing.
They are both cooperating with German and Swiss
investigators who are looking into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup, which
Germany won by a narrow vote from South Africa.For
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