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Report: Germany won 2006 World Cup rights thanks in part to gift of rocket-propelled grenades

FIFA President Joseph Blatter (left) and German Organization Committee President Franz Beckenbauer displaed shirts to promote the FIFA campaign 'Say No To Racism' during a news conference at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin during the 2006 World Cup.
FIFA President Joseph Blatter (left) and German Organization Committee President Franz Beckenbauer displaed shirts to promote the FIFA campaign 'Say No To Racism' during a news conference at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin during the 2006 World Cup. The Associated Press

This FIFA scandal gets crazier by the day.

On Friday, came a report from German newspaper Die Zeit that Germany helped secure the right to host the 2006 World Cup in part by sending rocket-propelled grenades to Saudi Arabia.

The Die Zeit story also says that Volkswagen and Bayer promised to invest heavily in Thailand and South Korea, respectively. Also, the German company Daimler allegedly invested a lot of money in South Korea’s Hyundai.

Germany won the bidding that year 12-11 after New Zealand’s Charles Dempsey abstained from voting. A tie would have required FIFA kingpin/president Sepp Blatter to cast the deciding vote, and he wanted the 2006 World Cup in Africa.

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