Last week, Swiss prosecutors announced that they would split the bribery investigation relating to Germany’s bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Without an explanation, the investigation into Franz Beckenbauer would continue separate from the larger investigation. Now, at least according to Der Spiegel, we know why.
Swiss authorities were (and, for the time being, still are) planning on bringing charges against Beckenbauer; however, the decision to split the case came after a letter was provided by Beckenbauer’s doctors. His health has deteriorated since April to the point where his faculty of judgement and memories are “heavily clouded” and an improvement is not expected, according to the report.
They’re demanding more medical records from Beckenbauer before deciding whether to move forward with the prosecution. A judgement will likely be made whether Beckenbauer is fit enough to stand trial or face a prison sentence.
Two weeks ago, at Beckenbauer’s charity golf tournament, he revealed that his health has been in decline for some time now, including a recent eye issue that has resulted in him losing nearly all of the site in his right eye.
Along with Beckenbauer, the investigation has ensnared the four following men:
- Theo Zwanziger: former DFB President
- Wolfgang Niersbach: former DFB President following Zwanziger, Beckenbauer’s deputy of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee
- Horst Schmidt: former DFB Secretary-General
- Urs Linsi: former FIFA Secretary-General
We at Bavarian Football Works would like to wish Franz Beckenbauer the best of health.