Fifa Ethics Committee launches proceedings against Wolfgang Niersbach

Wolfgang Niersbach facing a two-year ban over bribery and fraud allegations.

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JOHANNESBURG - Fifa's Ethics Committee has opened proceedings against former German Football Association President Wolfgang Niersbach for ethics violations.

The proceedings come after a report by the investigatory chamber recommended that the former German football boss be banned from football for two years

Niersbach's violations relate to the bidding of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, for which he's believed to have facilitated payment for votes.

The former football chief is facing a two-year ban from all football related activities for allegedly paying £5 million to buy votes for the 2006 World Cup.

Fifa's investigatory chamber has also proposed that the 66-year-old be fined 30,000 Swiss francs for ethics violations.

Niersbach resigned from his role as the German football association president in November amid the bribery rumours.

He will be invited by the ethics committee to submit his position and any evidence regarding the report.