Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer is one of six officials who are being investigated over their involvement in the country’s 2006 World Cup bid.
Beckenbauer, who lead his national team to 1974 and 1990 World Cup glory, was President of the Local Organising Committee for the 2006 bid that saw Germany beat South Africa to host the tournament.
Now almost ten years on, FIFA are investigating Beckenbauer and his team of officials over allegations of bribery.
Beckenbauer, now 70, and officials Theo Zwanziger, Horst Schmidt and Stefan Hans are to be investigated about “possible undue payments and contracts to gain an advantage in the 2006 World Cup host selection”.
A report released in 2015 alleged that a ‘slush fund’ of 6.7 million euros (£4.8m) was used to buy votes for Germany.
If found guilty, FIFA will once again be thrown into another bribery scandal that has plagued the organistation for the last 20 years.
Beckenbauer and the German Football Association deny the allegations.