14 Jun 2014

Beckenbauer banned over Qatar probe

10:50 am on 14 June 2014

The German great Franz Beckenbauer has been suspended from all football activity for 90 days by the sport's world governing body FIFA.

FIFA says Beckenbauer, a former member of FIFA's executive committee, has refused to co-operate with its investigation into allegations Qatar paid bribes to secure the 2022 World Cup.

Beckenbauer denies any wrongdoing.

He is regarded as one of the greatest players ever to have graced the game and is revered in Germany, where he is honorary president of Bayern Munich, and abroad.