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German legend Franz Beckenbauer in the dock over Fifa scandal

By Tom Allnutt

Fifa has confirmed German World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer and vice president Angel Maria Villar Llona are both subject to investigations by the organisation's ethics committee.

Beckenbauer was a Fifa voter when Russia and Qatar were chosen to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, while Villar Llona has sat on Fifa's executive committee since 1998.

The investigations into both men have been completed and are now awaiting verdict.

A Fifa statement read: "Proceedings relating to the two officials Angel Maria Villar Llona and Franz Beckenbauer have already been passed on to the adjudicatory chamber."

Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup with West Germany as a player in 1974 and manager in 1990, and Villar Llona are two of 11 names revealed to be under investigation by Fifa.

The list includes departing president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and Uefa president Michel Platini.

All three were handed provisional 90-day suspensions two weeks ago. The other six officials identified are Worawi Makudi, Jeffrey Webb, Ricardo Teixeira, Amos Adamu, Eugenio Figueredo and Nicolas Leoz.

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