10/23/2015 09:20 EDT | Updated 10/23/2016 01:12 EDT

Germany's former federation boss disputes successor, says slush fund existed for World Cup bid

FRANKFURT — The former president of the German football federation has accused his successor of lying and asserts there was definitely a slush fund used in Germany's successful 2006 World Cup bid.

Theo Zwanziger tells Der Spiegel weekly that his successor Wolfgang Niersbach must have known about the slush fund "at least since 2005."

Der Spiegel reported a week ago that a slush fund of 10.3 million Swiss francs (about $6 million at that time) was set up to buy the votes of four Asian representatives on the FIFA executive committee.

Niersbach has denied any vote-buying and said the money was paid to FIFA two years after Germany won the bid in 2000.

Zwanziger tells Spiegel, "the way I see it, Niersbach is lying."

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter's spokesman Klaus Stoehlker on Friday also disputed Niersbach's claims.

The Associated Press