Report: Beckenbauer has heart surgery
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP):
Former football great Franz Beckenbauer has had open-heart surgery and received at least one bypass, according to a report in a German newspaper.
Beckenbauer's management team has not responded to a request for comment on his health following a report yesterday in the mass-circulation Bild newspaper.
Bild said the surgery took place on Saturday and had been planned for several weeks.
The 70-year-old Beckenbauer left for a clinic in southern Germany on Friday, one day after his home in Salzburg, Austria, had been searched by authorities acting on a request by Swiss prosecutors. Beckenbauer is among several people under a Swiss criminal probe into suspected corruption around the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The Swiss criminal case, formally opened last November but confirmed only on Thursday, has caused turmoil at the football federation of world champions in Germany and tarnished the reputation of a World Cup that was a popular success. In Germany, the 2006 tournament has become known as its "Summer Fairytale."
It also threatens to wreck the reputation of Beckenbauer, arguably the nation's greatest ever player. The former Bayern Munich and New York Cosmos defender captained and coached West Germany to World Cup titles then organised the tournament.