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Beckenbauer questioned by Swiss prosecutors over World Cup bid

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer was questioned by Swiss prosecutors on Thursday as part of their investigation into his country's successful bid for the 2006 World Cup.


Ex-head of Salvadoran soccer federation given eight years in prison

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The former president of El Salvador's soccer federation, who is wanted in the United States for alleged corruption, was sentenced to eight years in Salvadoran prison for labour fraud, the country's attorney general's office said on Monday.


Former FIFA Secretary General Valcke appeals 10-year soccer ban

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his 10-year ban from football, the tribunal said on Tuesday.


Organiser: Qatar 2022 attacks ‘malicious’

DOHA: Qatar’s much-criticised 2022 World Cup has been the victim of “malicious and unwarranted attacks”, a senior tournament official in the Gulf said on Monday.


Swiss authorities carry out fresh house searches in FIFA case

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss authorities have searched more houses as part of their criminal investigation into suspected corruption in world soccer and have added former FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi to their list of suspects, they said on Wednesday.


German FA boss condemns Beckenbauer's 2006 sponsor payment

ATHENS (Reuters) - Germany's Football Association (DFB) President Reinhard Grindel sharply criticised Franz Beckenbauer on Wednesday over payment from a sponsor of the 2006 World Cup that the soccer great had headed.


German soccer icon Beckenbauer has bypass surgery - Bild

BERLIN (Reuters) - German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer underwent open heart bypass surgery on Saturday in an operation scheduled long before Swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings against him last week, Germany's Bild newspaper reported Monday.


Swiss launch criminal probe of German football great Beckenbauer

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss authorities have opened criminal proceedings against German football great Franz Beckenbauer and two former presidents of Germany's football federation (DFB) in connection with its successful bid for the 2006 World Cup.


Swiss open corruption investigation over German 2006 World Cup bid

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss federal prosecutors are investigating football great Franz Beckenbauer and three other German football officials for fraud and money laundering in connection with the award of the 2006 World Cup to Germany, authorities said on Thursday.

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Olympic Council of Ireland to order independent ticket probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Olympic Council of Ireland said on Friday it would commission an independent investigation into accusations of illegal ticket sales that led to the arrest of its longtime president Patrick Hickey in Rio de Janeiro.