Zwanziger, right, and Niersbach are among those charged with financial infractions.
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Swiss federal prosecutors have filed fraud charges against three former senior German football officials over a suspect payment linked to the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany, the Swiss Attorney General's office said Tuesday. The indictment alleges former German Football Association (DFB) presidents Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach, senior DFB official Horst Schmidt and former Swiss FIFA official Urs Linsi misled members of a DFB body about the true purpose of a payment of about 6.7 million euros ($7.5 million), a statement. Schmidt, Zwanziger and Linsi are accused of fraud and Niersbach of being complicit in fraud in the charges.The payment in question triggered several investigations and led to Niersbach's resignation over allegations it was used as a slush fund to buy votes in favour of Germany's bid to host the 2006 tournament.
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