Beckenbauer lashes out at Stiftung Warentest

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31 January 2006, PRAGUE - World Cup 2006 organizing boss Franz Beckenbauer lashed out at a safety report on the stadiums by consumer organization Stiftung Warentest again on Tuesday, saying the body should stick to analysing toilet paper and facial cream.

31 January 2006

PRAGUE - World Cup 2006 organizing boss Franz Beckenbauer lashed out at a safety report on the stadiums by consumer organization Stiftung Warentest again on Tuesday, saying the body should stick to analysing toilet paper and facial cream.

"It is completely unnecessary to be so aggressive against the stadiums just because the stairs are too short for someone with shoe size 52," said Beckenbauer while making a stop in the Czech Republic as part of his Welcome Tour.

"The foundation is normally responsible for toilet paper and facial cream. What they did here is outrageous, to say the least," said Beckenbauer, dismissing the report as "a joke" and "completely unfounded."

Beckenbauer was speaking at the latest stop of the Welcome Tour to the countries of the 31 finalists joining hosts Germany at the June 9-July 9 World Cup. He later Tuesday flew from the Czech Republic to Switzerland.

Earlier in January, Stiftung Warentest named the World Cup stadiums of Berlin, Gelsenkirchen, Kaiserslautern and Leipzig unsafe in the case of mass panic among the crowd during matches. Four other stadiums had some safety deficits as well while only four had minor deficits.

The World Cup organizing committee said immediately the report from Stiftung Warentest, Germany's most respected consumer body, was over the top.

DPA

Subject: German news

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