German tax authorities mounted a raid early Tuesday morning on the Frankfurt headquarters of the German Football Association, the DFB. Officials and police also targeted the homes of several officials suspected of tax evasion linked to an alleged payment to FIFA, the world’s governing soccer body, to secure the hosting rights of the 2006 World Cup.
Around 50 tax officials searched the private residences of Wolfgang Niersbach, the current DFB president and a former member of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee; Theo Zwanziger, his predecessor at DFB; and Horst Schmidt, a former association treasurer, according to the Frankfurt Prosecutors’ Office.
The officials seized computers, media storage devices and documents, the newspaper Bild reported.
In a statement, prosecutors said they had “opened investigations on suspicion of serious tax evasion” linked to the awarding of the 2006 tournament and the organizing committee’s transfer of €6.7 million ($7.5 million) to FIFA.