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Head of German soccer body resigns over payment, maintains innocence

AP, FRANKFURT, Germany

Beckenbauer has spoken little on the subject, except to say that the deal was a mistake.

Both Blatter and FIFA have denied any knowledge of the payment. It was made on behalf of the DFB by the late Adidas chief Robert Louis-Dreyfus in 2002 and repaid in 2005, according to Niersbach’s version.

Frankfurt prosecutors say the payment was falsely declared to evade taxes.

The weekly Der Spiegel, which first reported on the payment, said in its latest issue that a signature apparently belonging to Niersbach was found on a 2004 document for the payment to Louis-Dreyfus. Niersbach had said he only heard about the payment vaguely this summer and was given details about it by Beckenbauer last month.

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