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Beckenbauer: I won't go to Brazil during FIFA ban

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Franz Beckenbauer won't go to the World Cup in Brazil after being suspended by FIFA for refusing to cooperate with a corruption investigation.

"I presume I'm no longer welcome at FIFA," the German football great told Bild newspaper.

FIFA confirmed Saturday that Beckenbauer, who captained and coached West Germany to win World Cups, is barred from attending matches during his 90-ban.

Beckenbauer is also barred from official duty as Bayern Munich's global ambassador and as a special adviser to FIFA's football committee.

FIFA's ethics committee suspended Beckenbauer on Friday for declining to help prosecutor Michael Garcia's probe of alleged corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes. The case against him for non-cooperation is being investigated by a member of Garcia's ethics panel.

Beckenbauer was a voter on FIFA's board when it chose Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts in December 2010.

He refused "repeated requests for his assistance, including requests that he provide information during an in-person interview or in response to written questions provided in both English and German," FIFA said Friday.

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