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Extent of Ex-FIFA Presidentís Bribery Revealed

Thu 12th Jul 2012 | FIFA

Court documents released yesterday show former FIFA president Joao Havelange was paid huge sums in bribes by collapsed marketing company ISL.

The document published by FIFA revealed how Havelange received at least 1.5m Swiss francs (£986,000) and executive committee member Ricardo Teixeira at least 12.74m SFr (£8.4m).

Switzerland's supreme court ordered the release of the documents identifying which senior officials took millions of dollars in payments from ISL, FIFA's marketing partner until it collapsed into bankruptcy in 2001.

A statement on FIFA’s official website read; “FIFA is pleased that the ISL non-prosecution order can now be made public.


”This decision by the Federal Court is in line with what FIFA and the FIFA President have been advocating since 2011, when world football’s governing body announced its commitment to the publication of the ISL non-prosecution order.

“This announcement was part of a process of reforms launched at the FIFA Congress in June 2011, the roadmap for which was approved by the FIFA Executive Committee on 21 October 2011.”

In November 2010, BBC's Panorama alleged that three senior FIFA officials took bribes from Swiss-based ISL in the 1990s. A statement issued by the BBC said: "A year long legal battle by BBC Panorama to force publication of documents related to a confidential police investigation into bribery and corruption at FIFA was vindicated today.

"In Panorama - FIFA's Dirty Secrets in November 2010, reporter Andrew Jennings named the two officials as recipients of bribes from the Swiss ISL sports marketing company, which was repeatedly given lucrative World Cup marketing rights by FIFA."

 Posted by: Aaron Gourley

 

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