Football: German FA investigation finds no irregularities in 2006 World Cup bid win

BERLIN (REUTERS) - The German Football Association (DFB) has found no indication of wrongdoing in the process of winning the right to host the 2006 World Cup, it said on Friday after an internal investigation was completed.

However, the organisation said it was looking into how a payment of €6.7 million euros (S$10.5 million) from the German organising committee to Fifa for its cultural programme was used.

Alarmed by the ongoing investigation into world football's governing body and the surrounding media speculation, the DFB said it launched an internal probe into how Germany was awarded the 2006 World Cup.

"With the ongoing investigation in relation to Fifa and because of more speculation in the media, the German Football Association looked internally at the awarding of the 2006 World Cup," it said in a statement. "Within the framework of these investigations the DFB found no indication of irregularities while there was equally no indication whatsoever that votes of delegates were bought."

The DFB also said it was recently informed of the 2005 payment to Fifa by the German organisers of the 2006 World Cup and were looking into whether it was indeed used for Fifa's cultural programme as intended.

The investigation had not yet been concluded, the DFB said.

In July 2000, Germany edged out favourites South Africa, who would go on to host the 2010 World Cup, by 12 votes to 11 to win hosting rights for the 2006 tournament.