2006 World Cup organizer rejects charges over payment

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2006 World Cup organizer rejects charges over payment

Former German soccer federation president Theo Zwanziger has again declared his innocence over his involvement in a 6.7 million euros ($7.5 million) payment made before the 2006 World Cup

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DIEZ, Germany (AP) — Former German soccer federation president Theo Zwanziger has again declared his innocence over a 6.7 million euros ($7.5 million) payment made before the 2006 World Cup.

Zwanziger held a press conference Tuesday to say he had filed a criminal complaint against Swiss prosecutors in response to the charges of fraud filed against him and three others last week.

Zwanziger accused prosecutors of deliberately misinterpreting the evidence.

Zwanziger, Horst R. Schmidt and Swiss ex-FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi face charges of jointly committing fraud. Wolfgang Niersbach — Zwanziger’s successor as German…

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