‘FIFA: Football’s Shame?’
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This Panorama programme raised the question - is FIFA institutionally corrupt? We revisited corruption allegations we had previously made about Sepp Blatter, Nicolas Leoz, Jack Warner Issa Hayatou, Joao Havelange and Ricardo Teixeira – and revealed more!
We scored a world first, interviewing one of the biggest dealers from the secondary ticket market.
Atle Barlaup told us that up to 40% of World Cup tickets are provided by FIFA officials. He talked on camera because he was fed up with the same FIFA officials getting his couriers arrested in South Africa in 2010.
THE BAGMEN AT UEFA’S CONGRESS
We filmed at Uefa’s congress in Paris in March 2011 and were astonished that the two biggest bagmen in world football had been allowed in. Jean-Marie Weber again declined to talk and Fedor Radmann – as ever with his close associate Franz Beckenbauer – ran away!
We interviewed undercover reporter Jonathan Calvert from the London Sunday Times about their dramatic disclosures of about bribes to obtain the rights to host the World Cup – and we used some of their secretly filmed footage.
Within days of the screening, new bribery allegations were made that led to Jack Warner being suspended and Mohamed Bin Hammam withdrawing from the Presidential race.