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Ecclestone could face bribery charges

ESPN Staff
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Bernie Ecclestone testifies as a witness at the Gerhard Gribkowski trial in 2011 © Getty Images

Bernie Ecclestone is set to face charges in Germany relating to the Gerhard Gribkowsky bribery case, according to a report in Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

The newspaper claims that investigations into the case are now complete and a Munich court is preparing to file charges within the next month. However, there are likely to be delays as the charge sheet needs to be translated into English before being delivered to Ecclestone's lawyers.

Ecclestone has said he will cooperate with public prosecutors in Germany following the conviction of Gribkowsky for taking bribes and tax evasion last year.

Ecclestone, who has always denied any wrongdoing, said he had only paid Gribkowsky because the German had threatened to blackmail him.

He told the Press Association on Wednesday that he had not yet been notified of any charges relating to the case.

"They haven't told me [about the charges], that's the only problem," he said. "I suppose they will eventually, they're going to have to, obviously. To be quite honest with you I haven't done anything about any of these things. I haven't bothered. If I have to get bothered, then I'll get bothered."