BERN, Switzerland – Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday charged former members of the German soccer federation (DFB) and a former Fifa official with fraud over the true purpose of a €6.7 million payment before the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Former DFB president Theo Zwanziger, general secretary Horst R. Schmidt and Swiss ex-Fifa general secretary Urs Linsi are accused of jointly committing fraud, while Wolfgang Niersbach – Zwanziger’s successor as DFB president – is charged with being complicit in fraud.
Proceedings over allegations of money laundering were abandoned last month.
The Swiss attorney general’s office said that proceedings against Franz Beckenbauer, who headed the 2006 World Cup organising committee, will be conducted separately because he is currently “unable for health reasons to participate or to be questioned in the main hearing in the Federal Criminal Court”.
Beckenbauer, Zwanziger, Schmidt and Niersbach comprised the four-man 2006 World Cup organising committee, while Linsi was their primary contact partner in Fifa.