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ChangeFIFA complaint to
Fifa Ethics Committee

 

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What is ChangeFIFA?

 

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Chuck’s Merc –
‘owned’ and garaged by FIFA

 

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Manilal Fernando – under investigation

 

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Sahu Khan - Disbarred lawyer

 

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Ricardo Teixeira – new corruption probe

 

 

The things they say...

‘Neither FIFA nor its President have anything to hide, nor do they wish to.’

Blatter press release, 28 January, 2003


BBC Panorama Reporter Andy Davies:

‘A one million franc bribe … is it not correct that Mr Blatter asked that it be moved to the FIFA official who was named on the payment slip?’

FIFA Director of Communications Markus Siegler:

‘If you do not stop now, then we call the security and we put you out.’

FIFA Press conference, Zurich, Tuesday, 11 April 2006


‘I am deputy chairman of the finance committee of FIFA. I oversee a budget of US$2 billion and I have never seen one iota of corruption.’

Jack Warner, Trinidad Express 12 December 2004


‘Lying and deception and bad faith are standard operating procedure at FIFA.’

Adam C. Silverstein, a lawyer for MasterCard in their successful action against FIFA, New York, December 1, 2006


‘I do not believe a Jew can ever be a referee at that level (Argentine Premier League) because it’s hard work and, you know, Jews don’t like hard work.’

FIFA senior vice-president and chair of Finance Committee, Julio Grondona, 5 July 2003. Buenos Aires


‘FIFA is a healthy, clean and transparent organisation with nothing to hide. There is huge public interest in FIFA, therefore we have to be as transparent as possible. We will try to communicate in a more open way so the world can believe us and be proud of their federation.’

FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi, January 2003, on fifa.com


 

Questions for Chuck – and FIFA

 

 

By Andrew Jennings

 

Sunday August 21, 2011

 

American Fifa official Chuck Blazer whose financial dealings were disclosed last week faces a new challenge from disenchanted fans.

 

The respected ChangeFIFA group is asking Fifa’s ethics committee to investigate the revelations of unorthodox payments from regional football organisations to offshore Caribbean accounts belonging to executive committee member Blazer.

 

Washington lawyer David Larkin, a co-director of ChangeFIFA, said, ‘We are calling upon FIFA to resolve troubling questions that hang over yet another of FIFA's leaders. The era of endless delays, wilful ignorance and unresolved questions must end to begin the process of winning back the trust of fans and players who fear for the future of the game.’

 

Last week Mr Blazer confirmed that he had received around $500,000 from the Caribbean Football Union, repayment of personal loans he had made to Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, from Trinidad, and that if they were inappropriate he would return the money. The payments had been authorised by Mr Warner who resigned from Fifa in May in the wake of disclosures about an alleged attempt to bribe regional officials in Fifa’s presidential election.

 

Here’s Chuck’s Mercedes again

 

Also last week it was confirmed in New York that an FBI task force is examining Blazer’s accounts and other offshore assets. Fifa also confirmed that a valuable antique Mercedes belonging to Blazer is registered in its name in Zurich and that he is billed for the cost of garaging it at Fifa headquarters.

 

Meanwhile, Mr Blazer is still highly regarded at Fifa. Many were surprised when he retained the chair of their marketing and TV advisory board despite being damned by a New York judge in 2006 for allegedly fabricating evidence. President Blatter did not see this was any reason to refer him to Fifa’s ethics committee.

 

Blazer is active on Fifa’s 24-man ruling executive committee and its committees for club football, special projects and players’ status. There he sits alongside new executive committee member Manilal Fernando, from Sri Lanka, currently under investigation by Fifa’s ethics committee with two other members of the ruling group.

 

They were passengers on the private jet of fellow executive committee member Mohammed Bin Hammam from Qatar that shipped an estimated $1 million in cash into Trinidad in May, allegedly to bribe Caribbean officials to vote for him against Sepp Blatter in Fifa’s presidential election. Blazer blew the whistle on that meeting, leading to the expulsion of the Qatari and hurried resignation of Jack Warner.

 

Disbarred for professional misconduct

 

Warner’s son Daryll and Manilal Fernando remain Fifa regional development officers, with considerable power in the awarding of grants to national associations. Chuck Blazer’s case against Jack Warner was prepared by Chicago lawyer John Collins, a member of Fifa’s legal committee. He replaced Blazer’s daughter Marci. Another member of that committee is Fiji’s Sahu Khan, disbarred in May for professional misconduct. Mr Khan is also a member of Fifa’s disciplinary committee.

 

Alongside Chuck Blazer on Fifa’s marketing board is executive committee member Ricardo Teixeira, under police investigation in Brazil over the disappearance of £2.5 million of public funds intended to promote an international game against Portugal in 2008. (TransparencyInSport has copies of the prosecution evidence). Teixeira is also alleged to have received nearly $10 million in kickbacks from Fifa’s former marketing company. Next weekend fans plan to stage demonstrations at 20 matches in Brazil calling for the removal of Teixeira from the presidency of the national association and the chair of the committee organising the 2014 World Cup.

 

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