President of German soccer federation Wolfgang Niersbach addresses the media announcing that he steps back from his post as president in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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German FA (DFB) President Wolfgang Niersbach resigned Monday over a 2006 World Cup scandal, buckling under mounting pressure over an issue that has tarnished the reputation of the world's biggest national football federation.Niersbach, under investigation for tax evasion in relation to the affair, said he was taking the responsibility for a controversial 6.7 million euro ($7.22 million) payment to FIFA allegedly used to bribe officials of world football's governing body to vote for Germany's World Cup hosting bid.The DFB and Niersbach, plus then-organizing chief Franz Beckenbauer, rejected the votes-for-cash claims. Niersbach said an internal investigation was underway to find out why the amount was paid to FIFA and what was it used for.
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