MUNICH: The former head of the company building a new World Cup football stadium in Munich was sentenced on Friday to 4½ years in jail for taking a bribe.
Karl-Heinz Wildmoser was dismissed from the project to build the 286mil euro (US$367.4mil) Allianz Arena last year.
This followed accusations that he had taken an illegal 2.8mil euro payment from Austrian builder Alpine for inside information about the contract bidding process.
A Munich court on Friday found Wildmoser guilty of corruption and betrayal of confidence.
The affair was an embarrassment for Germany’s World Cup organising committee, although there was never any suggestion of wrongdoing on their part.
Wildmoser’s father, also called Karl-Heinz, stepped down as president of local club TSV 1860 Munich after being linked to the scandal.
The new Allianz Arena will be shared by German champions Bayern Munich and Second Division rivals 1860 Munich from next season.
The stadium opens for a series of friendly matches later this month. It will be used as one of the showcase arenas for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, hosting the tournament’s opening match as well as five others. – Reuters