The FIFA bribery scandal continues to worsen, as it became known on Sunday that Germany provided an arms shipment to Saudi Arabia in return for the kingdom’s vote for the 2006 World Cup, a German paper revealed.
The claims are just the latest to hit world soccer’s governing body, FIFA, and add to the laundry list of offenses committed by the sport body. The organization is currently being investigated by the FBI and Swiss authorities over bribery.
Die Zeit reported that the German government lifted an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia just a week before a vote in Zurich to select the host of the 2006 World Cup.
In order to win the an arms shipment was sent to Saudi Arabia, which included rocket-propelled grenades ad other German light weapons systems.
Germany was eventually selected to host the 2006 World Cup by 12-11, with one abstention, showing that literally, an arms shipment resulted in Germany hosting the international soccer tournament.