Germany denies World Cup vote bribes

Der Spiegel  says a 6.7m euro (£4.9m) fund was set up using private money from former Adidas boss Robert Louis-Dreyfus

Baku. 17 October. REPORT.AZ/ The German Football Association (DFB) has "categorically rejected" allegations of a secret fund to secure votes to host the 2006 World Cup, Report informs referring to BBC.

German news weekly Der Spiegel says a 6.7m euro (£4.9m) fund was set up using private money from the late former Adidas boss Robert Louis-Dreyfus.

Fifa said in a statement the "serious allegations" would be investigated while the DFB plans legal action.

Germany won the vote by 12 votes to 11, narrowly ahead of South Africa.

"The DFB categorically rejects the baseless allegations by the publication that the association had paid illicit funds in relation to the 2006 World Cup," the German FA said in a statement.

"The association also rejects the completely unsubstantiated conclusions that these funds were used to buy votes in exchange for the World Cup."

Fifa said in a statement: "These are very serious allegations that will be reviewed as part of the independent internal investigation currently being conducted by Fifa under the direction of its legal director with the assistance of outside counsel."

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