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.