Beckenbauer banned from soccer for 90 days after breach of code

Franz Beckenbauer has been banned from soccer for 90 days.

Martin Rose

Franz Beckenbauer has been banned from football by FIFA for 90 days while the organisation’s ethics commission investigate a breach of its code.

The German has been provisionally banned from taking part in any football-related activity, at any level, for 90 days.

The world governing body claims Beckenbauer declined to co-operate with Michael Garcia, the investigator examining allegations against Qatar 2022 and the World Cup bidding process.

A FIFA statement read: "The apparent breach relates to Mr Beckenbauer’s failure to co-operate with an ethics committee investigation despite repeated requests for his assistance, including requests that he provide information during an in-person interview or in response to written questions provided in both English and German.

"The case is now the subject of formal investigation proceedings being conducted by investigatory chamber member Vanessa Allard as chief of the investigation.

"The deputy chairman of the world governing body’s ethnics committee’s adjudicatory chamber, Alan Sullivan, issued the ban at the request of the chairman of the investigatory chamber, Michael J Garcia. The ban is effective immediately.

"The decision was taken pursuant to the FIFA Code of Ethics article 83 paragraph one, on the grounds that a breach of the Code of Ethics appears to have been committed and a decision on the main issue may not be taken early enough."