Wolfgang Niersbach: Former DFB president banned from football for a year

Wolfgang Niersbach
Neirbach was vice-president of the 2006 World Cup local organising committee and DFB president between 2012 and 2015

Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the German FA (DFB), has been banned from all football-related activity for one year.

A Fifa ethics committee found the 65-year-old failed to report possible misconduct concerning the awarding of the 2006 World Cup. Investigators had sought a two-year ban.

Germany beat South Africa 12-11 in the vote, which took place in July 2000.

Niersbach resigned from his DFB role in November last year.

He quit - citing "political responsibility" - amid allegations a £4.9m payment to Fifa was used to buy votes for Germany's successful World Cup bid.

That payment resulted in German authorities opening a tax evasion investigation, but Niersbach - who is also a Fifa executive committee member - said at the time he had always worked "cleanly".

In a statement, the Fifa panel said it had not looked into possible breaches of its code of ethics "in relation to possible acts of bribery and/or corruption", and had "only evaluated Mr Niersbach's awareness of the said incidents".

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