Franz Beckenbauer banned from football by FIFA for 90 days

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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer was
banned for 90 days from all football activity by
FIFA on Friday night after failing to co-operate
with the inquiry into the bidding process for the
2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Such a crackdown on one of the world’s best
known figures in football, a World Cup winning
player and coach and the force behind the 2006
World Cup in Germany, is the strongest possible
sign that New York lawyer Michael Garcia means
business with his investigation.
Garcia had warned of severe penalties at the FIFA
Congress this week for those who had purposely
avoided being interviewed by his team and
Beckenbauer, the most high profile of the
refuseniks, is the first to be punished.

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