German legend Franz Beckenbauer has been handed a 90-day ban from all football activities for failure to cooperate with an inquiry.
Fifa says the 68-year-old, who won the World Cup as a player in 1974 and a coach in 1990, would not be interviewed or give a written response to questions.
Beckenbauer was a voting member of the governing body’s executive committee which chose Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments respectively.
He left the Fifa executive in 2011 but remains on Fifa’s football committee. He is also honorary president of Bayern Munich.
Fifa says he refused to help the investigation headed by Michael Garcia, the former US federal prosecutor.
In a statement it said he declined to “co-operate with an Ethics Committee investigation despite repeated requests for his assistance”.
In an interview with Bild newspaper published this week, Beckenbauer said he had nothing to hide, but complained Mr Garcia had refused to put his questions in a language he understood.
“I have absolutely nothing to hide and I am clearly also of the opinion that there must be sanctions for those responsible when corruption is proved,” he said.
“I was ready to answer all pertinent questions, but they sent them to me in a legal English that I could not understand in such a complex case.
“I politely asked that the interview be held in German and I was refused. So I said: ‘Never mind’.”