Scoop! Did a FIFA ticket office employee sell clients’ confidential personal files?
They even betrayed a Swedish Prime Minister! The Byrom company, based in Manchester, which has the exclusive contract from FIFA, could now face an investigation under the Data Protection Act.
FIFA wars flare again: Will Asia unseat Blatter?
By Andrew Jennings
Sunday August 15, 2010
After 10 years of denials Sepp Blatter has been forced by Zug Investigative Magistrate Thomas Hildbrand to admit that some senior FIFA Executive Committee members took massive kickbacks from the ISL marketing company.
His confession has spurred new outrage at FIFA and speculation that after the vote on December 2 deciding which countries will host the World Cup of 2018 and 2022 the Asian Confederation will renew its campaign, first disclosed in February, to oust Blatter.
News of resumption of the war to get rid of Blatter will force the teams bidding for 2018 and 2022 to rethink the loyalty they have pledged to the FIFA president – and to how they lobby for support from the four Asian members of the Executive Committee.
The news of a likely challenge for the FIFA presidency in May next year will infuriate Brazilian ExCo member Ricardo Teixeira, son-in-law of former FIFA president Joao Havelange. Teixeira appears to have struck a deal with that he will support Blatter next year to stay in power for four more years in return for Blatter backing him in 2015.
The dark horse in the race is UEFA president Michel Platini, who like Chung has never been tarred with the ISL bribes scandal. If he wants to run he will have to get a deal with Asia – and Chung with him.
Andrew has been lecturing at the annual conference of ABRAJI – the Brazilian Association of Investigative reporters – in Sao Paulo and Rio and his visit received considerable press coverage and major interview with ESPN.
Andrew Jennings’ 90 minute interview with sports channel ESPN Brazil