Fifa lifts Beckenbauer ban

The former World Cup winner has been cleared to resume football-related activity after an initial 90-day suspension and he blames the situation on an administrative mix-up
Fifa has lifted the 90-day ban on former Germany international Franz Beckenbauer from participating in football-related activity for failing to aid an investigation into corruption.

The 68-year-old was suspended for ignoring "repeated requests" from the Fifa ethics committee related to bribery allegations surrounding Russia and Qatar's respective bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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Beckenbauer was subsequently expelled from all football activity for 90 days on June 13 but complied with the request of lead investigator Michael Garcia a few days later and disclosed the necessary information to the committee.

Fifa has now decided to reverse its decision and the former Bayern Munich star admits that he misjudged the severity of the situation.

"I underestimated the matter," Beckenbauer said in a statement posted by his manager, Marcus Hofl.

"Usually such an extensive administrative load is dealt with by my management team."

However, according to the statement, Beckenbauer has no plans to travel to the World Cup in Brazil despite his new-found freedom.