New Batch Of FIFA Bribe Claims Surface As Former FA Chief Lord Triesman Goes On Whistleblowing Rampage

Chris Wright

10th, May 2011


By Chris Wright

“I’ve got my eye on you, you little Swiss dumpling”

After the entire organisation threw it’s combined weight behind their incumbent presidential meatball Sepp Blatter to retain his title for another term a few days ago, you’d be excused for thinking that FIFA had no reputation left to tarnish – though, miraculously, a morning of whistleblowing has seen yet more allegations of member bribery levied at football’s governing body.

Six FIFA members are under investigation after MPs at the Culture, Media and Sport Committee in the House of Commons heard that two members (FIFA vice-president Issa Hayatou from Cameroon and Jacques Anouma from the Ivory Coast) were paid $1.5 million to endorse Qatar’s World Cup bid, but only after former FA Chairman Lord Triesman claimed that four further FIFA ExCo members (including our old friend Jack Warner) sought ‘reward’ for backing England’s unsuccessful 2018 bid.

Triesman, who was initially chairman of England’s bid before being harried out by the Mail on Sunday, has made the allegations about Warner, Nicolas Leoz, Ricardo Teixeira and Worawi Makudi – claiming the behaviour of the four men during the schmoozing and glad-handing that preceded the vote as ‘below what would be ethically acceptable’. Now there’s a thing.

Warner has since appeared on Sky Sports News to denounce Triesman’s allegations as ‘a piece of nonsense’.

The latest developments mean that no fewer than eight FIFA members, i.e, one third of the 24-man total – have either been alleged to have been or already found guilty of greedy-piggery (apologies for the tricky legal jargon) in relation to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Question is, does that actually shock anybody? Anybody at all?

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  1. KevinW says:

    Another question, will anything happen as a result of these allegations? No, of course not.

  2. Caleb says:

    We knew all along that Qatar had bribed people, and assumed it about the English bid. Not surprised, but it’s nice to know.

  3. Dan says:

    Beuller? Beuller?

  4. Montesquieu says:

    Whoever replaces that despot Blatter, should limit the term of FIFA President to two terms of ten years maximum; with possibility of voting the executive out of power. Blatter is a clown, although not the first in the top position. Havalange was just as much of a retarded monkey as this Big Swiss Cheese.

  5. Kevin Barry says:

    some of the people allowed to vote only know corruption so is it a surprise?

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