FIFA have confirmed that Franz Beckenbauer has been handed a provisional 90-day suspension from all footballing activities after breaching regulations with regards an ethics investigation.
World football's governing body said in a statement that the Germany legend was given the ban after failing to cooperate with an investigation into the bidding processes around the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA hired New York based lawyer Michael Garcia to investigate after claims there had been corruption involved in Qatar getting the 2022 tournament, which was bvoted on simultaneously with the 2018 edition, which was won by Russia.
According to BBC Sport reporter Richard Conway, Garcia asked for an opportunity to meet with Beckenbauer, who was part of the executive committee that awarded the tournaments, on two separate occasions but was refused twice as the former Bayern Munich and Germany captain did not feel Garcia has the power to compel him. The report says Beckenbauer's rationale for this was because he is no longer involved in football in an active capacity.
"The apparent breach relates to Mr Beckenbauer's failure to co-operate with an ethics committee investigation despite repeated requests for his assistance," said a FIFA statement.
"The case is now the subject of formal investigation proceedings being conducted by investigatory chamber member Vanessa Allard as chief of the investigation."
Beckenbauer was reportedly not worried about the investigation because he is now only the honourary president of the Bavarian club, where he is regarded as one of the greatest players to have played for them. His also provided an explanation as to why he had not met with Garcia: "I politely requested a meeting in which we could talk about the matter in German. That was apparently not desired. That aside, I wouldn't be able to contribute anything to clear up the matter anyway."
Beckenbauer is considered one of world football's greats and captained the West Germany side to World Cup glory when they were hosts in 1974, famously defeating the incredible Johan Cruyff led Holland side in the final. In 1990 he led them to the trophy once again, only this time he was on the touchline as manager.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms