11 May 2011

New accusations of corruption against FIFA officials

2:54 pm on 11 May 2011

FIFA is facing new allegations of corruption after England's 2018 World World Cup bid chairman accused senior football officials of demanding cash and honours in return for votes.

In testimony before a parliamentary select committee, Lord David

Triesman spoke at length on the story behind England's unsuccessful World Cup campaign.

He highlighted incidents involving four officials that took place in the years leading to the vote in Zurich, which had given him cause for concern.

Lord Triesman the committee gave the names, dates and places of conversations he had with four executive committee members of FIFA who, he claimed, wanted a bribe in return for their vote for England.

Eight of FIFA's 24 executive committee members have now been accused of corruption by the British media or MPs.

England was knocked out in the second round of the World Cup ballot last December, mustering just two of 22 votes. Russia later went on to win with 13 votes.


The BBC reports the specific claims are:

FIFA vice-president Warner asked for around £2.5 million to build an education centre in Trinidad, with the cash to be channelled through him, and later wanted £500,000 to buy Haiti's World Cup TV rights to be channelled through him;

Paraguay's FIFA member Leoz asked for a knighthood;

Brazil's FIFA member Teixeira asked him (Triesman) to "come and tell me what you have got for me", with the implication being that he wanted something in return for his vote;

Thailand's FIFA member Makudi wanted to be given the TV rights to a friendly match between England and the Thai national team.