FBI investigating awarding of 2006 World Cup to Germany

German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports the FBI has opened a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

Corruption investigation opened over suspect payment before event awarded

Italy celebrated its 2006 World Cup victory over France in Germany but the FBI is now investigation possible corruption of a suspect payment made to FIFA before Germany was given the tournament host rights. (Patrik Stollarz/Getty Images)

German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports the FBI has opened a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

SZ says it has been told by "sources close to FIFA" that the FBI is concerned about a suspect payment made by the German football federation to FIFA before the tournament was awarded.

The DFB said the money was a loan of 10 million Swiss francs — the equivalent of 6.7 million euros or $7.22 million — from then-Adidas boss Robert Louis-Dreyfus, to FIFA in 2002 to obtain a large grant for the World Cup organizing committee. It's unclear who exactly received the money, however.

The payment is also the target of a tax evasion investigation by German authorities and Swiss authorities.

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