Former German player Franz Beckenbauer was banned from any soccer-related activities for 90 days by the sport’s governing body for not cooperating with an ethics panel probe into Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup.
Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as a player and a coach, was suspended “on the grounds that a breach of the code of ethics appears to have been committed and a decision on the main issue may not be taken early enough,” FIFA said today in an e-mailed statement. “The apparent breach relates to Mr. Beckenbauer’s failure to cooperate with an ethics committee investigation despite repeated requests for his assistance, including requests that he provide information during an in-person interview or in response to written questions provided in both English and German.”
The case is now the subject of formal probe by investigatory chamber member Vanessa Allard, FIFA said. Beckenbauer was on the FIFA board that voted to give Qatar the World Cup for 2022. That vote is being investigated by former U.S. federal attorney Michael Garcia.