Franz Beckenbauer Fined, Warned by FIFA Ethics Judges

Franz Beckenbauer has been fined and warned by FIFA’s ethics committee for refusing to cooperate with Michael Garcia’s investigation of Globe Cup bidding.

Beckenbauer failed to cooperate “despite repeated requests for his assistance” in the 2018-2022 World Cup inquiry, the judges on world soccer’s ethics committee mentioned Wednesday. Beckenbauer was also fined 7,000 Swiss francs ($7,050).

“Mr. Beckenbauer thus did not behave in accordance using the general rules of conduct applicable to football officials inside the context on the investigations,” the ethics judges said in a statement.

It can be the second sanction imposed around the former West Germany excellent for initially snubbing Garcia, the former U.S. Lawyer who was FIFA’s lead ethics prosecutor till resigning in December 2014.

Garcia got Beckenbauer banned from duty for 90 days during the 2014 Planet Cup that initially blocked him attending matches in Brazil. The ban was lifted after 14 days when Beckenbauer agreed to answer queries.

Beckenbauer was a FIFA executive committee member during the December 2010 vote that chose Russia and Qatar as Globe Cup hosts for 2018 and 2022 respectively. He left the FIFA ruling committee in 2011 immediately after a single four-year term.

The light punishment is unlikely to finish his dealings with FIFA ethics investigators.

Beckenbauer is currently implicated in claims of misconduct by Germany’s bidding team to secure hosting the 2006 Globe Cup.

“The present case didn’t look in to the matters related to the awarding from the 2006 FIFA World Cup to Germany,” the ethics committee said.

State prosecutors and tax officials in Germany are investigating allegations linked to the bid and its relations with FIFA. They’ve focused on a payment of 10 million Swiss francs ?a then the equivalent of 6.7 million euros or $7.22 million ?a from the German soccer federation (DFB) to the world body.