The former DFB (German FA) Chef Theo Zwanziger has accused his successor as DFB president, Wolfgang Niersbach, of lying to the media about a slush fund allegedly used for Germany’s 2006 World Cup bid in a new “Spiegel” (who started panic at the DFB with an article a week ago) article about the WC 2006 bid.
FIFA said on Thursday in a statement that the version of events presented by the DFB about a suspect 6.7 million € payment it made to FIFA in 2005 was unlikely. Wolfgang Niersbach told Süddeutsche Zeitung reporters on Thursday, that the money was a form of security in order to receive €170 million in grants at a later date.
"Spiegel" also reported that money was paid into a slush fund by then-Adidas CEO Robert Louis-Dreyfus, the money was to be used to buy the votes of four Asian members of FIFA's Executive Committee when it voted on the matter. "We don't know what FIFA did with the 10 million Francs," Niersbach had said on Thursday. Also in the midst of the scandal is Franz Beckenbauer, who apparently was also ready to provide the money, but took the (good) advice from his management and pulled back.
But don’t worry; everything is going to be brought out in the open - FIFA said this week it would launch its own investigation into the allegations!