Football's ruling body FIFA welcomes a report by external law firm Freshfields on the affair around the 2006 World Cup and says it is maintaining its status as a victim in the investigation.
"FIFA welcomes the report by the German Football Association (DFB) on its investigation into Germany’s bid ... FIFA will review the report carefully and factor the findings into its ongoing internal investigation of this matter," a statement said.
"FIFA shared information with the DFB to assist with its investigation and, in turn, received information from the DFB that is helpful to FIFA’s own investigation. However, many questions still remain to be answered. FIFA’s investigation has been hampered by the fact that key witnesses were not willing to answer questions or provide documents.
"FIFA maintains its victim status in all investigations and continues to cooperate with the Swiss and German authorities."