Official on trial over World Cup stadium scandal

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30 November 2004 , MUNICH - A former official of German second division club 1860 Munich appeared in a Munich court on Tuesday on corruption charges in connection with the construction of Munich's World Cup stadium. Karl-Heinz Wildmoser Jr. and a friend are accused of having received a EUR 2.8 million bribe from Austrian company Alpine for revealing confidential information about a tender for the stadium to Alpine, which was then awarded the EUR 280 million construction contract. The World Cup stadium, th

30 November 2004

MUNICH - A former official of German second division club 1860 Munich appeared in a Munich court on Tuesday on corruption charges in connection with the construction of Munich's World Cup stadium.

Karl-Heinz Wildmoser Jr. and a friend are accused of having received a EUR 2.8 million  bribe from Austrian company Alpine for revealing confidential information about a tender for the stadium to Alpine, which was then awarded the EUR 280 million construction contract.

The World Cup stadium, the Allianz Arena, is being jointly built by Bundesliga clubs Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich, which will share it as their home stadium. It will host the opening match on 9 June 2006, as well as five further games at the World Cup.

Wildmoser was a CEO of the stadium company at the time as well as a leading official at 1860 Munich. The club was led at the time by his father, Karl-Heinz Wildmoser, who stepped down from this position in the wake of the affair.

Both Wildmosers were arrested on 9 March, but the father released a few days later.

The trial is set to run until 18 January 2005.

DPA

Subject: German news

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