Germany accused of paying off Saudi Arabia with weapons to host 2006 World Cup

FIFA is again involved in scandal after allegations that the German government gave weapons to Saudi Arabia in order to win the vote to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup games.

According to a report in German newspaper Die Zeit, the German government, headed by former chancellor Gerhard Shroeder, temporarily removed arms restrictions and transferred weapons to the Saudis, one week before the deciding vote over whether Germany or South Africa would be the 2006 hosts.

In the end, 12 voted in Germany’s favor and 11 voted for South Africa. One FIFA delegate from New Zealand, who was planning to vote for South Africa, was mysteriously absent from the vote.


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