Beckenbauer: "Soccer needs a cleansing"

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02 June 2006, BERLIN - German football legend Franz Beckenbauer said in a newspaper interview that the world's number one sport needs a "general cleansing" including possibly a limit on salaries. "Football needs a general cleansing. We should talk about limits on salaries," the president of the World Cup Organisation Committee told Tagesspiegel daily this week. Beckenbauer - nicknamed "Der Kaiser" - said other issues need to be addressed as well. "When you look at the agents who are moving these players ba

02 June 2006

BERLIN - German football legend Franz Beckenbauer said in a newspaper interview that the world's number one sport needs a "general cleansing" including possibly a limit on salaries.

"Football needs a general cleansing. We should talk about limits on salaries," the president of the World Cup Organisation Committee told Tagesspiegel daily this week.

Beckenbauer - nicknamed "Der Kaiser" - said other issues need to be addressed as well.

"When you look at the agents who are moving these players back and forth, you see that they're all holding open their hands. And that makes me sad," he said. "Some managers and coaches earn money on transfers, even (club) presidents and politicians. All of them are involved. And that's how the betting stories come up."

He continued saying the current developments in the football business are dangerous, as one can painfully see in the scandals in Italy.

Just more than a week before the June 9 opening game of the World Cup, Beckenbauer also warned about possible empty seats at sold-out World Cup stadiums.

"There's a chance that some of the foreign associations didn't return their contingent of tickets when they didn't need them," he said.

Beckenbauer said an Argentinian man gave him 200 tickets on a game day at last year's Confederations Cup, something which German organizers cannot allow to happen this summer.

DPA

Subject: German News

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