Germany’s World Cup preparations are being put at risk by the match-fixing scandal engulfing the country, organizing committee president Franz Beckenbauer has warned.
“The work is at a standstill while we put out one fire after another,” Beckenbauer said at the Berlin Film Festival.
The German Football Association (DFB) has had to concentrate its efforts on clearing up the Robert Hoyzer match-fixing scandal since suspicions were raised about the Berlin official on January 19.
Many of the senior members of the World Cup organizing committee also hold posts at the DFB.
Hoyzer, who has admitted fixing several matches in the German Cup and lower leagues, was arrested on Saturday after prosecutors said there was evidence his involvement in match fixing may have begun before 2004.