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Published: 15:56 | 17/2/16

Beckenbauer fined and warned


Franz Beckenbauer has been warned and fined by FIFA's independent ethics committee over his failure to cooperate with an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

In October, FIFA's ethics committee confirmed it was investigating Beckenbauer for failing to cooperate with the governing body's then chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia. His failure to answer questions resulted in him being suspended for 90 days in 2014, although it was lifted two weeks later when he answered the questions.

Beckenbauer, who was a FIFA voter when Russia and Qatar were chosen to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, has now been fined 7,000 Swiss francs (around £4,900) and warned.

"The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee chaired by Jack Kariko has imposed a sanction of a warning and fine on football official Franz Beckenbauer. The sanction comes into force immediately," a statement from the ethics committee read.

"The decision was made based on investigations carried out by the chief of investigation, Vanessa Allard, member of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee.

"In the present case, Mr Beckenbauer failed to cooperate with an ethics committee investigation conducted by the then chairman of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee regarding the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bids despite repeated requests for his assistance."

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