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Beckenbauer calls for transparency over FIFA corruption report


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Beckenbauer calls for transparency over FIFA corruption report

Ever since FIFA awarded Russia and Qatar the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights respectively, media claims of corruption in the voting process have been rife.

American lawyer Michael Garcia has been drafted in by FIFA to investigate the corruption allegations.

While President Sepp Blatter has called for Garcia’s report to remain a secret; several leading figures in the game have called for greater transparency.

World Cup winning captain Franz Beckenbauer said: “I give my opinion as a spectator as someone who is interested. If you have nothing to hide then you can publish the report, so when FIFA has the idea to write a report then they should publish it, so there is nothing to get upset about.”

Beckenbauer was a voting member of Fifa’s executive committee in December 2010 when it chose Russia and Qatar but stepped down a few months later.

FIFA briefly banned him from all soccer-related activity for failing to comply with Garcia’s investigation although that was lifted soon after when he pledged to cooperate, but only in his native German.

Among those also to call for the report to be made public is UEFA chief Michel Platini.

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