10 May, 2011

FIFA face corruption allegations: FIFA? Corruption? Really?:

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While there is the possibility that today's events were sourgrapes; former English FA Chairman Lord David Triesmann has today made corruption allegations against four FIFA bigwigs.  Triesmann accused the men of looking for bribes in order to give their votes to England for their 2018 World Cup bid.  
Triesman said Fifa vice-president Jack Warner asked for money - suggested to be £2.5million - to build an education centre in his native Trinidad before asking for £500,000 to buy Haiti's World Cup TV rights for the earthquake-hit nation, with both payments to be channelled through Warner.
QUESTIONS NEEDING ANSWERS: FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke
Triesman added that Paraguay's FIFA member Nicolas Leoz asked for a knighthood and Brazil's Ricardo Terra Teixeira asked Triesman to "come and tell me what you have got for me".
A fourth Fifa member, Thailand's Worawi Makudi, was said to have asked for TV rights to a friendly between England and the Thai national team.
FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said in respone that if these allegations are proven: "Action WILL be taken."
Yet more embarassment for FIFA weeks before a Presidential election.  Expect more to come.
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