Urs Linsi, then general secretary of soccer's world governing body FIFA, talks to reporters in Johannesburg, South Africa April 3, 2007. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo
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A Swiss corruption probe into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany was broadened Wednesday to include former FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi after police raided homes.On Wednesday the top Swiss prosecution authority said it was now also investigating Linsi, who served as FIFA's secretary general from June 1999 through June 2007 .When contacted by AFP, FIFA refused to comment on an ongoing investigation.The case first came to light in October 2015, when German news magazine Der Spiegel accused Germany of using a secret slush fund holding 10 million Swiss francs (6.7 million euros according to the exchange rate at the time), to buy votes in support of its bid to host the 2006 World Cup. FIFA is struggling to exit a vast corruption scandal.
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