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Fifa open bribery investigation into Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer is under investigation. Credit: PA

Fifa's ethics committee has opened formal proceedings against six individuals, including former World Cup winning coach and player Franz Beckenbauer, over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

Also among the six is Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the German Football Federation (DFB).

The others are another former DFB president Theo Zwanziger, Helmut Sandrock and Horst R. Schmidt, who are both former secretary generals of the federation, and its former chief financial officer Stefan Hans.

Blatter fights ban through Court of Arbitration for Sport

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his six-year ban from football-related activities, CAS has announced.

Blatter is fighting his six-year ban from football. Credit: PA

Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini last month had appeal hearings after being punished in December over a £1.3m "disloyal payment" made to the Frenchman.

The pair's suspensions were reduced from eight to six years, with their services to football a mitigating factor, but Platini took his case to CAS and Blatter has, as promised, followed suit.

A CAS statement read:

Joseph S Blatter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision issued by the Fifa Appeal Committee on February 16, 2016. In his appeal to the CAS, Mr Blatter seeks the annulment of the decision taken by the Fifa appeal committee in which he was suspended from all football-related activities at national and international level for six years.

A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress. First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted.

The panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the panel will deliberate and at a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an arbitral award.

– Court of Arbitration for Sport statement

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Fifa acknowledge 1998 and 2010 World Cup bid bribes

Fifa have accepted bribes were taken. Credit: PA

Fifa plans to reclaim millions of dollars pocketed illegally by corrupt Fifa members and other football officials.

A US investigation exposed widespread corruption at the top of world football and Fifa estimates that at a minimum tens of millions of dollars were diverted from the sport illegally through bribery, kickbacks and corrupt schemes carried out by the defendants.

Fifa submitted documents on Wednesday to the US authorities in an effort to reclaim tens of millions of dollars taken illegally by corrupt Fifa members and other football officials

Football's ruling body has admitted to bribes being taken as part of the bidding process for the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

The defendants diverted this money not just from Fifa but from players, coaches and fans worldwide who benefit from the programmes that Fifa runs to develop and promote football.

– Gianni Infantino

Infantino: football can't ignore technology

New Fifa president Gianni Infantino. Credit: PA

New FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes football cannot ignore technology.

The 45-year-old is in Cardiff ahead of the International Football Association Board's AGM, where they are expected to give the go-ahead for live video trials to help officials.

Sin-bins and the possibility of allowing a fourth substitute in extra time in cup competitions will also be on the agenda.

Infantino said: "Technology is on the agenda, the experiments to be done are on the agenda and it's important to protect the traditions.

"Football is such a successful sport because some wise people have protected the history but we cannot close our eyes to progress.

"We have to look forward. Look into it, test it, maybe it's successful, maybe it's not. Maybe we have to fine-tune it and maybe it takes a few more years to reach the right solution."

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Platini launches appeal against six-year ban

Michel Platini is currently banned from all football-related activity. Credit: PA

Michel Platini has taken his appeal against his ban from football to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS announced on Wednesday that the Frenchman was challenging the suspension from football at a national and international level, which last week was reduced from eight years to six by Fifa's Appeal Committee.

Michel Platini has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee on 24 February 2016.

In appealing to the CAS, Michel Platini seeks to annul the decisions taken by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee and by the FIFA Appeal Committee which lead to him being declared ineligible to take part in football-related activity at national and international level for six years.

A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress. First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted. The Panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the Panel will deliberate and on a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an Arbitral Award.

– CAS statement
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