This file photo taken on March 6, 2006, shows the president of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee, Franz Beckenbauer, at the morning session team workshop meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Dusseldorf. / AFP / PASCAL PAVANI
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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer Sunday again insisted he is innocent in the 2006 World Cup scandal amidst allegations of corruption, pinning any potential blame on his now deceased lawyer.Beckenbauer, who captained and coached Germany to the 1974 and 1990 World Cup titles respectively, was head of the organizing committee for the 2006 finals, but insists his former lawyer Robert Schwan, who died in 2002, ran his finances.Beckenbauer has repeatedly denied both that any votes were bought and that he is guilty of any wrongdoing.Beckenbauer again insisted the money was used to secure a subsidy from FIFA to help pay for the 2006 World Cup.Beckenbauer was warned and fined by FIFA last month for his failure to cooperate with a separate investigation into the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
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