FIFA corruption claims denied

The
International Olympic Committee (IOC) has referred the latest allegations of
corruption involving officials of world football’s governing body FIFA, to its
ethics commission.

According
to reports –Issa Hayatou — who is a long-term IOC member, the FIFA vice
president and the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) —
accepted $15,000 as a bribe in 1995 from a marketing company.

Cameroonian
Hayatou was one of three FIFA officials — including Nicolas Leoz from Paraguay
and Ricardo Teixeira from Brazil — who were named as having taken bribes from
the ISL marketing company who went onto secure valuable World Cup rights in the
1990s.

All
three are due to cast votes to decide which nations will play host to the 2018
and 2022 World Cups in a ballot at FIFA headquarters on 2.

Hayatou
has denied the bribery claims made in the BBC documentary and is threatening to
sue.

“This
money was not for me it was for the 40th anniversary of CAF”, Hayatou said.

“At
that time ISL was the sponsor of CAF and they give the money to CAF and not to
me, and the executive committee of CAF accepted it and approved it.”

In
contrast to the IOC’s stance, FIFA said that it would be taking no further
action.

The investigation and the case are
definitely closed,” it said in a statement, adding that the allegations
had already been investigated by Swiss authorities.

“In its verdict of 26 June
2008, the criminal court of Zug had not convicted any FIFA officials.

 

“In
its verdict of 26 June 2008, the criminal court of Zug had not convicted any
FIFA officials”.

England’s
2018 bid team, who have been concerned that the fall-out from the corruption
allegations would damage their chances of hosting the World Cup, claimed the
program was “an embarrassment to the BBC.”

The
22 members of FIFA’s executive committee will be choosing between bids from
England, Russia and joint bids by Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium to
decide who will host the 2018 World Cup.

Australia,
the United States, Japan, Qatar and South Korea are bidding for 2022.

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