A Swiss court dossier suppressed from public disclosure for more than two years and finally released this week shows that former FIFA president Joao Havelange and longtime
Brazilian soccer supremo Ricardo Teixeira received millions of dollars in kickbacks tied to World Cup sponsorship and marketing deals.
FIFA finally published the dossier that revealed Teixeira received at least 12.74 million Swiss francs (now $13 million) from marketing agency ISL, which collapsed into bankruptcy in 2001 with debts of $300 million. The 41-page document shows Havelange received a payment of 1.5 million Swiss francs (then around $1 million) when he was still FIFA president.
Payments "attributed" to accounts connected to the two Brazilians totaled almost 22 million Swiss francs from 1992 to 2000. The information stems from a report by a prosecutor in the Swiss canton (state) of Zug who investigated Havelange and Teixeira.
The document had been blocked from publication since June 2010 after a deal had been brokered to keep their identities secret. Havelange and Teixeira had repaid 5.5 million Swiss francs (then $6.1 million) to end the probe. Teixeira denied criminal conduct. Havelange "did not comment on the accusation of criminal conduct," the report said. FIFA released the document hours after Switzerland's Supreme Court ruled that media organizations should receive details of the ISL case.