30 Nov 2010

BBC accuses 3 other Fifa officials of taking alleged bribes

6:47 pm on 30 November 2010

An investigation by the BBC has accused three FIFA executives of taking bribes, three days before the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups are decided.

The BBC's Panorama programme, which also accuses another FIFA executive of planning the corrupt sale of 2010 World Cup tickets, offered what it said was new evidence over the ruling body's appointment of International Sports and Leisure as its marketing arm.... ISL went bankrupt in 2001.

The programme says members Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil, hosts of the next World Cup, Confederation of African Football chief Issa Hayatou and South American head Nicolas Leoz took bribes from ISL to win the lucrative contract.

The trio are current members of the FIFA executive committee which will decide on Thursday night which countries host the World Cups of 2018 and 2022.

All have denied any wrongdoing but neither they nor FIFA were available for comment on the latest allegations based on what the BBC says was a confidential ISL document which detailed 175 secret payments between 1989 and 1999.

Similar allegations were first made against them in a book by the presenter of today's programme, British investigative reporter Andrew Jennings.

FIFA will announce the winners, plus the hosts of the 2022 tournament, on Thursday night at its headquarters in Zurich.