Franz Beckenbauer will not be prosecuted despite FIFA investigators finding that he breached its code of ethics in relation to bribery and corruption.
The 75-year-old, who led West Germany to World Cup glory as a player in 1974 and as a coach in 1990, was the subject of a FIFA ethics investigation which began in 2016 and related to his position within the organising committee for the 2006 finals.
It found that he, along with former German football association (DFB) president Theo Zwanziger and Horst Schmidt, the vice-president of the 2006 World Cup organising committee, had violated article 27 of the FIFA code of ethics in relation to a payment of 10 million Swiss francs (currently equivalent to €9m) from the committee or on its behalf to the former president of the Asian Football Confederation, Mohamed Bin Hammam.
However, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee has now ruled that the limitation period for prosecution has expired in the case of each of the three men.
In the case of Beckenbauer, it ruled that the limitation period expired in 2012.
The matter had also been the subject of a Swiss court case but the statute of limitations in that case expired last year.