Wolfgang Niersbach, President of the German Football Federation, DFB, attends a news conference at DFB headquarters in Frankfurt , Germany, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
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German Football Association (DFB) President Wolfgang Niersbach Thursday said he could not answer some questions regarding the flow of 6.7 million euros ($7.5 million) to world governing body FIFA before the 2006 World Cup.Niersbach, in a hastily arranged news conference at the DFB headquarters, again rejected claims made by magazine Der Spiegel last week that an alleged slush fund had been used to buy votes in 2000 in favor of Germany's 2006 World Cup bid.However, he said he was unable to fully explain the matter of the money that was paid to FIFA in 2005 as part of what the DFB has said was for a cultural program during the tournament.The DFB has already launched an investigation into the 2005 payment of the amount in question to FIFA saying they wanted to see if the money paid to FIFA did go toward paying for a cultural program that was part of the World Cup as was initially intended.Niersbach Thursday said he did not know how the money was used by FIFA once it was transferred by the Germans.
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