Soccer

German soccer chief Niersbach resigns

AP

The president of the German soccer federation resigned on Monday over a suspect payment to FIFA, saying that he was taking “political responsibility” despite not having done anything wrong.

The payment in connection with the 2006 World Cup in Germany has led to a tax evasion probe against Wolfgang Niersbach and two other former top-ranking federation (DFB) officials.

“I have realized myself that the time has come to take political responsibility for the events around the 2006 World Cup . . . (although) I can say that I worked there absolutely cleanly and conscientiously,” Niersbach told reporters.

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