Swiss authorities are targeting Franz Beckenbauer, former captain and
coach of the German World Cup winning sides, who was president of the
German 2006 bid, with a suspect €6.7 million payment at the
heart of the investigation.
"Via my lawyer I got a call up on February 8 to a meeting with the
Berne public prosecutor as a person of interest in the attributing of
the 2006 World Cup to Germany," Blatter told AFP.
Currently serving a six-year ban from football related activity
Blatter will meet the Berne prosecutor, who has been working oin the
case for two years, on March 28.
"It's not the first time I've been called up in relation to this
matter," said Blatter, who will have turned 83 by the time of the
"The general secretary (of FIFA) at the time was Urs Linsi, and he
maintains I gave him specific guidelines, which I contest," said
The scandal first came to light in October 2015, when news magazine
Der Spiegel accused Germany of having used a secret slush fund to buy
votes in support of its bid to host the 2006 World Cup.
The fund reportedly held 10 million Swiss francs, or €6.7 million according to the exchange rate at the time.
The money was allegedly provided by the late Robert Louis-Dreyfus,
head of German sportswear giant Adidas, at the request of Beckenbauer,
who headed the committee promoting Germany's candidacy.
Beckenbauer, now 72, captained Germany to the 1974 World Cup and coached the side that won the trophy in Italy in 1990.
The cash-for-votes scandal has hung over German footfall since
October 2015 when German magazine Der Spiegel revealed the secret fund.