Berlin - Suspended FIFA chief Sepp Blatter
on Friday rubbished claims by German football legend Franz Beckenbauer over the
corruption allegations dogging the bidding process for the 2006 World Cup.
German football has been engulfed by claims
that a $7.2 million payment to FIFA was used to purchase the
votes of four members of FIFA's executive committee in 2000 - days before
Germany narrowly won the right to host the 2006 finals.
Beckenbauer, like the former chief of
Germany's football association Wolfgang Niersbach, has insisted that no bribery
was involved and that the sum had to be paid to FIFA in order to obtain a
bigger grant from world football's governing body.
But Blatter called the claim
"absurd" in an interview with Der Spiegel magazine.
"Pay money to get money? No. There's
no such thing at FIFA," said the 79-year-old, adding that the German
Football Association (DFB) "must clear up this affair".
"There are always documents for
anything to do with money. If the DFB is unable to provide documents, then it
should approach FIFA to get to the bottom of the issue," he said.
Beckenbauer, who led Germany's successful
bid for the World Cup, is under investigation by FIFA, although the governing
body has not revealed why he was being probed.
Blatter himself is suspended by the
organisation he has headed for 17 years, and faces a hearing at the ethics
committee next week over allegations of corruption.
The graft row against the Blatter had
erupted over a $2 million payment made by FIFA to UEFA chief
Michel Platini in 2011.
Platini has claimed it was for work done a
decade earlier. But both men now face lifetime bans from football over the
Blatter told Spiegel however that he was
"convinced he would not be punished".
Separately, Swiss prosecutors have said
they were targeting Blatter for possible criminal mismanagement during his
tenure as FIFA's president, including signing off on a disputed TV rights deal.