World Cup ‘has been cancelled’ for suspended Franz Beckenbauer

2014-06-14 14:22

Franz Beckenbauer has cancelled plans to fly to Brazil to attend the World Cup semi-final and final matches after world governing body Fifa banned the German icon from all football activity for 90 days over his refusal to cooperate with an investigation.

“Franz Beckenbauer cannot participate in any football-related activity, which includes, among other things, being invited to attend or attending on a private basis any football match in any capacity,” Alan Sullivan, the deputy chairperson of the Fifa ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber, said in a statement.

The ban came after Beckenbauer declined to respond to inquiries by the chairperson of the investigatory chamber, Michael Garcia, who is looking into corruption allegations surrounding the successful bids of Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

“The World Cup has been cancelled for me,” Beckenbauer told Bild newspaper. “I assume that I am no more welcome by Fifa.”

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