Questions Raised About German 2006 World Cup Bid

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Questions are emerging about the way Germany won the right to stage the 2006 World Cup. Der Spiegel – a German news magazine – has published allegations claiming FIFA executive committee members accepted money for their votes. Earlier, the German FA insisted a near-7-million-euro payment by the tournament’s organising committee to FIFA was not in exchange for the right to stage the event. Meanwhile, Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter says a payment to UEFA chief Michel Platini was conducted as part of “a gentleman’s agreement”. It’s being investigated by Swiss authorities, who’ve alleged the 1-point-3-million-pounds transaction was “disloyal”.