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DFB takes legal action against Beckenbauer, FIFA, others

BERLIN (AP) The German football federation opened legal proceedings against Franz Beckenbauer, former members, and FIFA in a bid to limit potential damages arising from the 2006 World Cup corruption affair.

The DFB told The Associated Press in a statement on Friday that it has "taken the necessary measures to prevent a possible limitation of claims" that it can make against former head of the German World Cup organizing committee Beckenbauer and his then vice-president Fedor Radmann, former DFB presidents Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach, former DFB general secretary Horst R. Schmidt, the executors of the late Robert Louis-Dreyfus' estate, together with FIFA.

"To safeguard the (DFB's) rights, applications were lodged" with a conciliatory body in Hamburg, the German federation said.