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Beckenbauer to cooperate with FIFA investigation

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 15, 2014 at 7:49 am •  Published: June 15, 2014
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KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Franz Beckenbauer has told FIFA he will answer the questions put to him as part of a corruption investigation by June 27 at the latest.

Beckenbauer's management said in a statement published Sunday that the commitment to answer questions means there is "no longer a suspicion of an alleged breach of the FIFA code of ethics, so we assume that the provisional sanction imposed against him is lifted immediately."

Beckenbauer was provisionally banned by FIFA's ethics committee from all football-related activity on Friday for failing to help to help prosecutor Michael Garcia's probe of alleged corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes.

Beckenbauer was a voter on FIFA's board when it chose Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts in December 2010. The case against him for non-cooperation is being investigated by a member of Garcia's ethics panel.

Beckenbauer said he "at no point ruled out answering the questions."

"In dealings with the ethics committee's investigators, it was never about whether he would answer the questions, but solely how (he would). Franz Beckenbauer will answer the questions in writing in German," said the statement, which was published by Beckenbauer's manager Marcus Hoefl via Twitter.

The statement said Beckenbauer was "surprised" by the ban.

"He was never given the opportunity to have his say on the 'suspicion of an alleged breach' in advance. He also was not informed of the decision in advance," it said.

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