Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Fresh payoff charges rock FIFA
by Paul Kennedy, November 29th, 2010 9:01PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  fifa, world cup 2022

MOST COMMENTED

[ZURICH COUNTDOWN] The World Cup 2018/22 races were thrown into more confusion on Monday with various media sources linking three key FIFA executive committee members who will vote on Thursday to payoffs from ISL, the international sports agency, before its collapse in 2001.

Ricardo Teixeira (former FIFA president Joao Havelange's former son-in-law and the boss of Brazilian soccer), Paraguayan Nicolas Leoz (president of the South American soccer confederation Conmebol) and CameroonianIssa Hayatou (president of the African soccer confederation) were the three named in reports in Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, German paper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and on the BBC's "Panorama" show.

The three media outlets said they obtained a secret ISL document listing the names and payments totaling more than $100 million between 1989 and 1999 to sports officials around the world.

Panorama reported that a Liechtenstein holding company Sanud to which Teixeira has been linked received 21 payments totaling $9.5 million

Leoz's name is no surprise. He was previously named by a Swiss court as receiving two ISL payments totaling $130,000 and is alleged to have received three other payments of $200,000 each.

It is also reported that Hayatou's name appears next to a cash payment of 100,000 French Francs (about $16,000) in 1995.

ISL, FIFA's longtime marketing arm, and its parent company ISMM went bankrupt in 2001, leaving debts estimated at $300 million and triggering a well-publicized criminal fraud case that international sports observers followed closely to get an inside look at the once-powerful ISL sports agency.

FIFA took its marketing business in house but not before the crisis almost cost FIFA President Sepp Blatter his re-election in a race against Hayatou in 2002.

The Swiss court closed the ISL case in June and FIFA issued a statement: "It is important to recall that the decision was made on matters which took place prior to the year 2000 and that there has been no court conviction against FIFA," the statement said. "In addition, the FIFA president has been cleared of any wrongdoing in this matter."

Bribery was not a crime at the time in Switzerland.

The revelations follow October's release of the Sunday Times undercover investigation into the 2018/22 bidding process -- an investigation that ultimately resulted in the suspension of two FIFA executive committee members, Nigerian Amos Adamu (suspended for three years) and Tahitian Reynald Temarii (suspended for one year for breach of FIFA's confidentiality rules).



0 comments
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: November 30, 2010 at 9:11 a.m.
    There is nothing new about any of this. When Pele was Brazil's Minister of Sport, he accused Teixeira of taking kickbacks, only to incur Havelange's wrath. Is it really such big news that it's not what you know but who you know when it comes to any international sporting organization? Anyone believe the IOC is clean? Much has been made of the Panorama program and it turns out that almost all of it is ancient history. As we might say on the terraces, what a load of rubbish!
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: November 30, 2010 at 10:09 a.m.
    Rubbish it is, but still reinforces the feeling that the WC 2018/2022 will be awarded without regard to which bid might be the best. The most important consideration will continue to be whatever puts the most money in the pockets of the committee, not the organization proper.
  1. David Huff
    commented on: November 30, 2010 at 12:16 p.m.
    @ Albert, I tend to agree, even the appearance of corruption will create a bad image that the hosts who are awarded the WC contributed to the best WC bid that $$$ could buy.
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: November 30, 2010 at 1:08 p.m.
    This may sound naive, but for once I'd actually LIKE to see our government do something proactive about this. We're complicit by participating in a hugely corrupt organization.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. U-20 men to face Cosmos and Red Bulls II    
Coach Tab Ramos has called in a 20-player squad for a July 30-Aug. 8 U.S. U-20 ...
U.S. Abroad: Guzan leaves Villa for Middlesbrough    
Brad Guzan will remain the English Premier League, but he might not start, putting him in ...
MLS Moves: Fire ships Igboananike to D.C.    
In a move that signals a continued roster purge that began with the arrival of new ...
What They're Saying: Chuba Akpom    
"I was playing against players I played with on FIFA when I was younger  -- [Didier] ...
MLS All-Star Game: Red rules the day    
The team that calls Avaya Stadium home usually wears blue, but red turned out to be ...
MLS Expansion: Atlanta's Villalba and Jones off on loan    
MLS expansion team Atlanta United FC has sent its two big signings on loan until it ...
Crowd Count: ICC match draws 86,641 fans in Columbus    
The International Champions Cup match between Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid at Ohio Stadium in ...
MLS Expansion: All signs point to Minnesota in 2017    
Atlanta United FC is the only MLS expansion team confirmed for 2017, but MLS commissioner Don ...
MLS Countdown: ASG absentee Ridgewell out Sunday    
A new MLS rule intended to keep players from skipping out on the All-Star Game means ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klopp    
"If you bring one player in for 100 pounds ($130 million) and he gets injured, then ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives