Photo of Sepp Blatter with Zaw Zaw

Pariah Zaw Zaw and his friend Blatter

 

 

Photo of Michal Listkiewicz

Disgraced Michal Listkiewicz – judging referees

 

 

Photo of Sepp Blatter and Nicolas Leoz

Blatter and Nicolas Leoz – accused of taking kickbacks

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ricardo Teixeira is deputy chair of Fifa’s club football committee and chairs the futsal and beach soccer committee. A fellow member is Zaw Zaw, a multi-millionaire crony of the Burmese military junta. He is banned from travelling to the USA and Europe and his construction company is subject to EU sanctions. In March Blatter and Fifa general secretary Jérôme Valcke visited the pariah state and praised Zaw Zaw for his contribution to football.

 

Mr Teixeira is also deputy chair of Fifa’s referees committee. A fellow member is Poland’s disgraced former football boss Michal Listkiewicz,a former World Cup referee and a member of the Uefa committee organising the 2012 European Championships. During his time in office in Poland more than 300 officials were indicted for match fixing. Listkiewicz reportedly introduced Sepp Blatter to his former Polish girlfriend Ilona Boguska.

 

Ricardo Teixeira’s daughter Joanna sits with her father on the organising committee for the 2014 World Cup. His uncle, Marco Antonio Teixeira, is a member of Fifa’s under-17 world cup committee and club world cup committee. Another close associate of Teixeira is José Carlos Salim, a member of the small internal audit committee that approves Fifa’s finances.

 

The women’s football committee is chaired by Thailand’s Worawi Makudi, also under investigation for travelling on Bin Hammam’s plane to Trinidad. Makudi – not known to have any medical qualifications – is also deputy chair of the medical committee. Another member is Tonga’s Ms Selina Fusimalohi, a paediatrician and wife of Ahongalu Fusimalohi, suspended for two years by Fifa’s ethics committee for allegations he made to the Sunday Times Insight corruption investigation. Mr Fusimalohi, named in May as Tonga’s Chef de Mission will meet his Fifa colleagues again at the 2012 Olympics.

 

Blatter and Havelange named

 

Fifa vice-president Issa Hayatou, boss of African football and under investigation by the IOC accused of accepting a bribe, sits on the powerful emergency committee. Another executive committee member, Nicolas Leoz from Paraguay, is also accused of accepting bribes. Yet another, Egypt’s Abo Hany Rida, deputy chair of Fifa’s Stadiums and Security Committee, is under investigation for his presence on Mohamed Bin Hammam’s million-dollar flight to Trinidad. In all, seven members of the 24-man committee are under investigation. President Blatter has also been named in the investigation by the IOC for alleged involvement in a $1 million bribe to his predecessor João Havelange, former father in law of Ricardo Teixeira.

 

Last week Transparency International published a report on Fifa corruption calling for ‘good governance, top down’ and for the release of documents revealing which Fifa officials pocketed $100 million in marketing contract kickbacks from the ISL company. Fifa responded that it had read the report ‘with interest’ and would increase transparency and act with zero tolerance against corruption. There was no mention of disclosing the bribes documents or discharging officials involved in questionable activities.