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Blatter hints Germany bought 2006 World Cup

The Local · 16 Jul 2012, 11:56

Published: 16 Jul 2012 11:56 GMT+02:00

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Blatter made dark hints about the voting process in 2000 that led to Germany hosting the 2006 World Cup rather than South Africa in an interview with Swiss mass-circulation paper Blick on Sunday.

"World Cups being bought… that reminds me of the World Cup vote in 2006, where somebody left the room at the last minute," he said.

"And so suddenly instead of 10-10, the vote stood at 10-9 in Germany's favour. I'm happy that I did not have to cast the decisive extra ballot [as FIFA president]. But, well, suddenly someone stood up and left. Perhaps in that case I was also too well-meaning and too naïve."

Franz Beckenbauer, the head of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee, rejected the claims.

"I can't accept the statements and suggestions," he said in an interview with German newspaper Bild, published Monday. "He even got the result wrong. It was 12-11 to us, not 10-9. What was decisive was that the eight Europeans voted for us."

The DFB was equally vehement in its denial. "These nebulous hints are completely baseless and seem to have been made to divert attention from the current events, which are on the record," said DFB General Secretary Helmut Sandrock.

Sandrock was referring to last week's revelations that Blatter's predecessor Joao Havelange pocketed at least 1.5 million Swiss francs (€1.25 million) in bribes from the company International Sport and Leisure (ISL) during his 24-year tenure.

Blatter insisted on Thursday he was powerless to sanction his predecessor and added that such payments were not illegal under Swiss law at the time.

"The reaction of the president of FIFA shocked me. If FIFA people, and not the lowest among them, received money and the response is that that this was not illegal at the time then we at the DFB can only distance ourselves," DFB chairman Wolfgang Niersbach said on the sidelines of a meeting of Bundesliga referees.

Blatter’s hints that the vote over the 2006 world cup may not have been clean beg the question of why – as FIFA President then as now– he did not raise his suspicions of corruption at the time.

Bidding to host the World Cup is not only a matter of national pride, it also represents big business, and the decision process is often a contorted one.

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In 2010, Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the organizing committee for the World Cup in South Africa, admitted that he tried to get England to withdraw from the 2006 bidding by offering Nelson Mandela's support for a 2010 English bid.

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16:16 July 16, 2012 by Englishted
Lies,lies and Blatter ,corrupt and bent as a banana.

Resign .
16:30 July 16, 2012 by cheeba
Perhaps these German officials have opened a can of worms they would rather not have. Instead of huffing and puffing, why doesn't Beckenbauer organize a full investigation of the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany. The circumstances sound very murky. One member suddenly leaving the room and abstaining, thereby throwing the vote to the Germans. This same representative turning up dead 2 years later. All eight european representatives voting as a block for the German bid. Was bribery involved? Which country is the paymaster of the European Union? quid pro quo? Just asking.
17:01 July 16, 2012 by Englishted

He can't because all the details will be in the FIFA headquarters in a country that prides itself on its secrecy laws.

By the way it is normal for continents to vote on block .

Where are you from? Just asking.
17:14 July 16, 2012 by Lachner
@Cheeba - It's completely normal for a continent to vote as a block, as having a World Cup tournament within the region attracts tremendous amount of income from tourism, the media and corporate investment. During the World Cup 2006, there was an influx in Western Europe of approximately 4 million tourists that were attending games in Germany, but the tourists were also traveling to nearby cities like Paris, Prague, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zürich, Madrid, Copenhaguen, etc.. Therefore, it makes complete sense for Europe to vote together, given that they also have something called "The European Union".

With regards to the bid, the two finalists in round # 3 were South Africa and Germany and the voting ended 12-11. The reason that Blatter is throwing a fit now is to switch the spotlight from the corruption scandal to make it Germany's problem and also that he personally favored South Africa to win the 2006 World Cup host, which they won 4 years later anyways and was a complete chaos in terms of organization. In my opinion, the World Cup in Germany was one of the most well organized and successful events in the history of the World Cup.
18:24 July 16, 2012 by PNWDev

Do you honestly take anything Sepp Blabber has to say as serious? The only thing murky is when Blabber opens his mouth to speak ­ a talking-zombie walking.
19:04 July 16, 2012 by DinhoPilot
Yeah right... because historically ze germans always been "saints" :(
23:57 July 16, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
I doubt any world cup has been awarded without shady dealing. Power, Money, Politics, Massive Sponsorship, World Wide Media attention and Sepp Blatter in the middle of it all. Can only be corrupt.
02:52 July 17, 2012 by franconia
I am sure that Blatter has a SWISS bank account ! Germany , the best Country to hold the Cup, because its in Central Europe and everyone gets a slice of the pie. As for freebie qualifying? The Mannschaft does not need freebies to qualify !!
17:17 July 17, 2012 by Peepopaapo
@ DinhoPilot: Of course they have always been "saints", just like the U.S. Americans, the British, the Russians, the French, the Japanese, the Chinese...

19:44 July 17, 2012 by cheeba
When the German government comes clean on the Leuna oil refinery "deal" then the Germans can point fingers. Until then all Germans should remain absolutely silent on matters of corruption. it is only right.
22:00 August 5, 2012 by lenny van
In Germanyl lies, fraud, threats prejudice are called "tricks" and are not only perfectly acceptable forms of behaviour, but are admired, especially when they are used against foreign visitors and residents who haven't mastered the German language or are unfamiliar with German law. "German is theonly official Vodafon language in Germany. Just ask for help in English at a Vodafon shop in central Munich and see what happens.. I actually saw this happen. And when the customer politely objected, he was physically thrown out of the shop. Unbelievable, but true!
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