FIFA lifts Franz Beckenbauer suspension

The former World Cup champion has been cleared to resume soccer-related activity, blaming the situation on an administrative mix-up.

FIFA has lifted the 90-day ban on former Germany international Franz Beckenbauer from participating in soccer-related activity after he failed 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.

Beckenbauer was subsequently expelled from all soccer 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.

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FIFA has now decided to reverse its decision and the former Bayern Munich star acknowledged he misjudged the severity of the situation.

“I underestimated the matter,” he said in a statement posted by his manager Marcus Hofl. “Usually such an extensive administrative load is dealt with by my management team.”