Beckenbauer and Villar under Fifa investigation

ZURICH • German football great Franz Beckenbauer yesterday became the latest Fifa official named as being under investigation, along with the world football governing body's vice-president Angel Maria Villar and several other former executive committee members.

The ethics committee of the scandal-hit body was given the right to disclose information about cases by Fifa's executive committee on Tuesday and wasted no time in taking advantage of its new freedom.

The case against Beckenbauer, a World Cup winner as a player and coach, and a former Fifa executive committee member, has been passed to the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee for a decision.

Villar, president of the Spanish football federation and a vice-president of both Fifa and European governing body Uefa, has also had his case passed on to the ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert.

No reasons were given for the probe against Beckenbauer or Villar.

Earlier yesterday, Fifa presidential contender Chung Mong Joon accused Fifa of failing to provide a "reasoned decision" for his ban after a Swiss court rejected his request to lift it temporarily.

The South Korean tycoon has been banned for six years by the ethics committee, which also suspended Fifa head Sepp Blatter, secretary-general Jerome Valcke and Uefa president Michel Platini for 90 days.

The court rejected his petition "on the grounds that, without the reasoned decision, it has no grounds to make a decision", Chung said.

The scion of the Hyundai family was found to have contravened rules while lobbying for South Korea's bid for the 2022 World Cup, which was awarded to Qatar in 2010.

His ban was announced two weeks ago.

"I am in a double bind: I cannot maintain my candidacy because of the unjust sanctions, but I cannot appeal those sanctions or get an injunction from the Swiss court because I do not have the reasoned decision," Chung complained.

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