German football federation says bribe claims 'baseless'

German football federation denies allegations it used bribes to secure 2006 World Cup, says claims are 'completely baseless'

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

In this March 6, 2006 file photo German soccer legend and head of the organizing committee for the 2006 soccer World Cup in Germany, Franz Beckenbauer, right, talks to Wolfgang Niersbach during a workshop in the build up for the World Cup in Düsseldorf.

The German football federation is denying allegations it used bribes to secure the 2006 World Cup.

The DFB says news magazine Der Spiegel's report Friday that a slush fund of 10.3 million Swiss francs (about $6 million at that time) was used to secure four votes from FIFA's 24-member executive committee is "completely baseless."

The federation says it "refutes the authors' conclusions, made without any facts, that votes were bought in this context for the awarding of the World Cup" and "that neither the DFB president nor the other members of the organizing committee were involved or could have known about such operations."

The DFB said it "reserves the right" to take legal action against Der Spiegel.

FIFA said earlier Friday that the magazine's "serious" allegations will be reviewed.