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FIFA probing "serious allegations" Germany used bribes to secure World Cup

Italy triumph in the 2006 World Cup in Germany
Italy triumph in the 2006 World Cup in Germany

The world governing football body Fifa is to investigate "serious" allegations that Germany used bribes to secure the 2006 World Cup.

German newsweekly Der Spiegel reported on Friday that the bidding committee set up a slush fund of 10.3 million Swiss francs (about £3.9m at that time) that was contributed in a private capacity by former Adidas chief Robert Louis-Dreyfus.

The money was used to secure four votes from Fifa's 24-member executive committee before Germany won the bid vote in 2000, the report said.

Fifa said these "are very serious allegations" that "will be reviewed as part of the independent internal investigation currently being conducted by Fifa under the direction of its legal director with the assistance of outside counsel."