German prosecutors probe politicians over tickets

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8 May 2006, HAMBURG - German prosecutors are investigating whether local politicians accepted World Cup tickets from tournament sponsors and other bodies in what could a violation of strict anti-bribery laws.

8 May 2006

HAMBURG - German prosecutors are investigating whether local politicians accepted World Cup tickets from tournament sponsors and other bodies in what could a violation of strict anti-bribery laws.

Karlsruhe prosecutors said on Monday that a probe is going on in Baden-Wuerttemberg state against politicians and the head of one sponsor, energy company sponsors EnBW.

Under German anti-bribery law World Cup sponsors, the organising committee and companies which have bought hospitality tickets, are not allowed to give tickets to politicians they may be dealing with.

German football federation head Theo Zwanziger said that his body and the World Cup organising committee is also observing "big restraint in the distribution of tickets to functionaries".

"Our invitations are not accepted in the way we expected," said Zwanziger.

Wolfgang Niersbach, like Zwanziger an OC vice-president, named the issue "grotesque and ridiculous," saying that staging a World Cup is impossible without politicians and that the DFB has for years invited elected representatives to matches.

DPA

Subject: German news

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