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FIFA to launch investigation into bribery claims

Wed 25th May 2011 | FIFA

FIFA’s Ethics Committee are to launch an internal investigation into bribery allegations regarding Jack Warner and Mohamed Bin Hammam.

In a statement released today, FIFA announced it would investigate the claims made by Exec-committee member and CONCACAF General Secretary, Chuck Blazer.

The statement read; “On 24 May 2011, FIFA Executive Committee member and CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer reported to FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke possible violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics allegedly committed by officials.

“In particular, the report referred to a special meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), apparently organised jointly by FIFA Vice-President Jack A. Warner and FIFA Executive Committee member Mohamed bin Hammam, which took place on 10 and 11 May 2011. This meeting was linked to the upcoming FIFA presidential election.

“In view of the facts alleged in this report, which include bribery allegations, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, in compliance with art. 16 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, yesterday requested the FIFA Ethics Committee to open ethics proceedings.

“Subsequently, the FIFA Ethics Committee today, 25 May 2011, opened a procedure against the following officials:

-       FIFA Vice-President Jack A. Warner

-       FIFA Executive Committee member Mohamed bin Hammam

-       CFU official Debbie Minguell

-       CFU official Jason Sylvester

“The aforementioned officials have been invited to take position by 27 May 2011 and to attend a hearing by the FIFA Ethics Committee at the Home of FIFA (Zurich) on 29 May 2011.

“Based on art. 87.1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and art. 17.2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Claudio Sulser, has declined to participate in this FIFA Ethics Committee meeting due to the Swiss nationality he shares with Joseph S. Blatter, a candidate for the upcoming FIFA presidency. The meeting will therefore be chaired by the deputy chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Petrus Damaseb (Namibia).

“No additional comments will be made by FIFA until further notice.”

The allegations will now surely put an end to Mohamed Bin Hammam’s challenge to become FIFA President in the elections which are due to take place on 1 June.

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