The public prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt am Main searched the German Football Association (DFB) on suspicion of large-scale tax evasion. On Wednesday, October 7, searches were carried out in the offices of the DFB as well as in private homes of current and former soccer functionaries in Hessen, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Rhineland-Palatinate.
Approximately 200 officers from the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Tax Police, the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Police took part in the operation, the Public Prosecutor’s Office said.
The DFB is suspected of tax evasion of 4.7 million euros.
In the case of alleged tax evasion by the DFB we are talking about the income from banner advertising during the home games of the German national team in 2014 and 2015. The defendants in the case are six former and current DFB managers. They are accused of intentionally declaring advertising revenue as income from asset management. Thus, according to the investigation, the German Football Association illegally avoided paying taxes amounting to about 4.7 million euros.
“According to the currently available investigation data, the defendants were aware of this tax mistake, but deliberately made it so that the DFB could gain a large tax benefit,” said Chief Prosecutor Nadja Niesen.
The names of the suspects are not mentioned. Until November 2015, the DFB was headed by Wolfgang Niersbach, who resigned because of the corruption scandal surrounding Germany’s eligibility to host the 2006 World Cup. In response to a query from the SID agency, Niersbach said he had not been searched. The DFB had not yet commented.
Another corruption scandal in DFB
Suspicions that the “summer fairy tale” (as Germany calls the World Cup 2006) came to Germany in a dishonest way, appeared in 2015. For the first time the assumption that the right to hold the world soccer championship was received by the Germans for bribes, said an influential weekly newspaper Der Spiegel. His journalists came to such conclusions after they learned that the then Executive Director of Adidas Robert Louis-Dreyfuss in 2002, secretly granted the head of the organizing committee of the 2006 World Cup Franz Beckenbauer (Franz Beckenbauer) loan of 6.7 million euros.
Swiss investigators who studied the case concluded that DFB functionaries have hidden from the members of the organizing committee of the 2006 World Cup true purpose of payment of 6.7 million euros, they are accused of group fraud. Wolfgang Nirsbach has been charged with facilitating the fraud.