Beckenbauer received bribe for SA’s 2010 World Cup bid

Former FIFA executive committee member Franz Beckenbauer's business dealings have come under scrutiny once again, with South Africa's 2010 World Cup bid the focus.

Widely regarded as the most prominent figure in Germany's football history, Beckenbauer is already being investigated over the bidding process for the 2006 event.

Beckenbauer was the lead for Germany's bid for the 2006 showcase, which they eventually won when pipping South Africa by a single vote.

The 71-year-old is the subject of an official investigation in Switzerland and Germany over the bidding process, while also facing an enquiry from FIFA's ethics committee after he allegedly failed to report a breach of the governing body's ethics code.

In the latest report by Bild-Zeitung, Beckenbauer and two of his aides – Andreas Abold and Fedor Radmann – received payment for consultancy work on behalf of the South African Football Association (SAFA), who had approached FIFA for assistance.

The newspaper reports that Beckenbauer and his two aides were paid €1.7 million for their assistance, with the former Germany captain and manager making use of the tax haven of Gibraltar to hide his payment from the authorities.

Additionally, the publication claims that the invoices were signed off by then FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi.

Beckenbauer was not available for comment at the time of writing, although previously he laughed off suggestions of any wrong-doing over Germany's bid in 2006.

"The award of the World Cup to Germany was not bought to the best of my knowledge," he told Bild in September 2016.