Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Zwanziger: there was indeed a slush fund in 2006
The crisis in German football over possible bribery for the World Cup 2006 will continue for some time. Theo Zwanziger, who between 2006 and 2012 was the president of the German Football Association, has seriously embarrassed his successor Wolfgang Niersbach this Friday.
“It is clear that there was a slush fund at the World Cup bid,” he told Der Spiegel. “It seems to me not that the current president of the Football Association knows this only since a few weeks ago. If you ask me, Niersbach is lying.”
“No illegal money”
The current union president acknowledged on Thursday that to FIFA indeed 6.7 million euros was paid for the allocation of the 2006 World Cup, so that the German Football Association after allocation of the global finals would get 250 million euros for the organization. “But there was no illegal money paid, there were no votes bought,” he stressed.
Niersbach responded to an article last week in Der Spiegel, which said that Germany’s World Cup nine years ago has been awarded through bribery. According to the weekly, four Asian FIFA members of the then organizing committee for the global finals were paid in exchange for their votes.
The German organizing committee, led by Franz Beckenbauer, is said to have had an amount of 6.7 million euros in dirty money. This amount is said to have come from the former Adidas chief Robert Louis-Dreyfus, who wanted the World Cup to go to Germany because of commercial interests.
According to Der Spiegel, Beckenbauer and Niersbach knew all about this. The Dreyfus money is said to have been recycled back to the now deceased head of Adidas, with collaboration by FIFA. Germany was awarded the 2006 World Cup final, beating its major competitor South Africa with twelve against eleven votes.