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Germany Secured 2006 World Cup With Bribes Paid To FIFA Executive Committee Members: Report

10/16/2015 01:19 EDT | Updated 10/16/2016 05:12 EDT
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Photo taken on July 13, 1996 shows Robert Louis-Dreyfus, then Adidas chairman, posing at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, southern France. Marseille football club's majority shareholder Robert Louis-Dreyfus died after a long battle with leukemia on July 4, 2009 at the age of 63, according to club sources. The Swiss-born millonaire businessman took over Marseille in 1996 and under his control the French south coast giants reached two UEFA Cup finals. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN — Der Spiegel is reporting that Germany's bid to host the World Cup in 2006 was aided by bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members.

The German newsweekly says on its website that "the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany was allegedly bought" with a slush fund set up by the German bid committee of 10.3 million Swiss francs contributed by former Adidas chief Robert Louis-Dreyfus.

Spiegel says Louis-Dreyfus loaned the money as a private citizen to the bid committee before the awarding of the tournament on July 6, 2000. It was reportedly used to secure the votes of four Asian representatives on FIFA'a 24-member executive committee.

Earlier Friday, the German football federation said it was investigating whether a multi-million-euro payment it made to FIFA was misused.