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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby patrickblue » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:51 pm

Even Lineker got it right.

Gary Lineker, an outspoken critic of Fifa and former president Blatter, wished Infantino "all the best" following his appointment.

The former England striker added on Twitter: "He's got one hell of a job on his hands but seems a decent chap. Needs a sizeable new broom."

The television presenter then joked: "Have this weird feeling that Gianni Infantino will pull off his mask to reveal Sepp Blatter."

I don't think he was joking.
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby blues2win » Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:38 pm

Only 40,000 out of 71,500 tickets for CL final going to fans of the two teams. Presumably the rest going to corporate hospitality etc. Absolute disgrace UEFA.
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby JamieMCFC » Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:34 pm

FIFA admits to World Cup hosting bribes, asks U.S. prosecutors for cash

FIFA has acknowledged for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests as it said it is seeking to claim "tens of millions of dollars" in bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors.

FIFA submitted a 22-page claim to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York on Tuesday that seeks a big share in restitution from more than $190 million already forfeited by soccer and marketing officials who pleaded guilty in the sprawling corruption case.

Tens of millions of dollars more is likely to be collected by U.S. authorities when sentences are handed down, and from dozens of officials currently indicted but who have denied bribery charges or are fighting extradition.

FIFA claims it is the victim of corrupt individuals, despite widespread criticism that bribe-taking was embedded in its culture in the presidencies of Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter, who was forced from office after 17 years by the current scandal.

"The convicted defendants abused the positions of trust they held at FIFA and other international football organisations and caused serious and lasting damage to FIFA," FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday in a statement.

"The monies they pocketed belonged to global football and were meant for the development and promotion of the game. FIFA as the world governing body of football wants that money back and we are determined to get it no matter how long it takes."

In documents seen by The Associated Press, FIFA asks for:

- $28.2m for years of payments, including bonuses, flights and daily expenses, to officials it now says are corrupt

- $10m for the "theft" of money that FIFA officials transferred as bribes to then-executive committee members to vote for South Africa as 2010 World Cup host -- "substantial" cost of legal bills since separate U.S. and Swiss federal probes of corruption in international soccer were revealed last May

- damages for harm to its reputation, plus other bribes and kickbacks for media rights to non-FIFA competitions but "which were made possible because of the value of the FIFA brand"

In the claim, lawyers for soccer's world body state: "FIFA has become notable for the defendants' bribery and corruption, not its many good works.

"FIFA is entitled to restitution for this harm to its business relationships, reputation and intangible property."

FIFA's grab for a share of the money sets up a battle with two of its regional confederations -- CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, and CONCACAF, the body running soccer in North America. It was officials and competitions from those regions that were most involved in the corruption crisis.

It also signals a change in strategy for FIFA, after months of senior officials distancing Zurich from the scandal, instead blaming confederations which are beyond its control.

Most of the already seized money -- $151.7m -- will come from Brazilian marketing executive Jose Hawilla, whose group of agencies were heavily involved with matches CONCACAF and CONMEBOL controlled but not FIFA directly.

In an initial claim for $28.2m, FIFA specifies an amount for each of 20 men from the Americas over many years that it says it should be repaid from money held by U.S. authorities.

FIFA wants more than $5.3m it spent on Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American official who has pleaded guilty, allocates $4.4m of its claim for former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, and $3.5m for Ricardo Teixeira, Havelange's former son-in-law form Brazil.

Warner, a long-time powerbroker from Trinidad and Tobago until resigning in a 2011 election bribery scandal, is identified by FIFA in its 22-page claim for receiving a $1m bribe from 1998 World Cup bid candidate Morocco, and ensuring the $10m bribe from South Africa was paid via a FIFA account in 2008.

FIFA claims a further $2m for payments to Jeffrey Webb, the Cayman Islands banker who was arrested at a luxury Zurich hotel last May, and now lives at his home near Atlanta, Georgia, awaiting sentence in June.

"These dollars were meant to build football fields, not mansions and pools; to buy football kits, not jewellery and cars; and to fund youth player and coach development, not to underwrite lavish lifestyles for football and sports marketing executives," Infantino said.

It is unclear how much influence Infantino, a former lawyer, had had in the restitution claim since he was elected only three weeks ago, with strong support from voters in the Americas.

Infantino's signature pitch to voters on election day was about finances, saying bluntly "It's your money." That resonated with members of CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, who have had a combined $20m central funding frozen by FIFA.

CONCACAF, based in Miami, has had its past three presidents implicated in the U.S. case. But it has passed wide-ranging reforms to clean up its operations, and has targeted restitution money to rebuild.

"CONCACAF views itself as a victim of a number of the offenses described in the indictments and intends to seek restitution at the appropriate time," the regional body said in a statement.

http://www.espnfc.us/blog/fifa/243/post ... ing-bribes
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby Wonderwall » Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:48 pm

JamieMCFC wrote:FIFA admits to World Cup hosting bribes, asks U.S. prosecutors for cash

FIFA has acknowledged for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests as it said it is seeking to claim "tens of millions of dollars" in bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors.

FIFA submitted a 22-page claim to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York on Tuesday that seeks a big share in restitution from more than $190 million already forfeited by soccer and marketing officials who pleaded guilty in the sprawling corruption case.

Tens of millions of dollars more is likely to be collected by U.S. authorities when sentences are handed down, and from dozens of officials currently indicted but who have denied bribery charges or are fighting extradition.

FIFA claims it is the victim of corrupt individuals, despite widespread criticism that bribe-taking was embedded in its culture in the presidencies of Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter, who was forced from office after 17 years by the current scandal.

"The convicted defendants abused the positions of trust they held at FIFA and other international football organisations and caused serious and lasting damage to FIFA," FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday in a statement.

"The monies they pocketed belonged to global football and were meant for the development and promotion of the game. FIFA as the world governing body of football wants that money back and we are determined to get it no matter how long it takes."

In documents seen by The Associated Press, FIFA asks for:

- $28.2m for years of payments, including bonuses, flights and daily expenses, to officials it now says are corrupt

- $10m for the "theft" of money that FIFA officials transferred as bribes to then-executive committee members to vote for South Africa as 2010 World Cup host -- "substantial" cost of legal bills since separate U.S. and Swiss federal probes of corruption in international soccer were revealed last May

- damages for harm to its reputation, plus other bribes and kickbacks for media rights to non-FIFA competitions but "which were made possible because of the value of the FIFA brand"

In the claim, lawyers for soccer's world body state: "FIFA has become notable for the defendants' bribery and corruption, not its many good works.

"FIFA is entitled to restitution for this harm to its business relationships, reputation and intangible property."

FIFA's grab for a share of the money sets up a battle with two of its regional confederations -- CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, and CONCACAF, the body running soccer in North America. It was officials and competitions from those regions that were most involved in the corruption crisis.

It also signals a change in strategy for FIFA, after months of senior officials distancing Zurich from the scandal, instead blaming confederations which are beyond its control.

Most of the already seized money -- $151.7m -- will come from Brazilian marketing executive Jose Hawilla, whose group of agencies were heavily involved with matches CONCACAF and CONMEBOL controlled but not FIFA directly.

In an initial claim for $28.2m, FIFA specifies an amount for each of 20 men from the Americas over many years that it says it should be repaid from money held by U.S. authorities.

FIFA wants more than $5.3m it spent on Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American official who has pleaded guilty, allocates $4.4m of its claim for former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, and $3.5m for Ricardo Teixeira, Havelange's former son-in-law form Brazil.

Warner, a long-time powerbroker from Trinidad and Tobago until resigning in a 2011 election bribery scandal, is identified by FIFA in its 22-page claim for receiving a $1m bribe from 1998 World Cup bid candidate Morocco, and ensuring the $10m bribe from South Africa was paid via a FIFA account in 2008.

FIFA claims a further $2m for payments to Jeffrey Webb, the Cayman Islands banker who was arrested at a luxury Zurich hotel last May, and now lives at his home near Atlanta, Georgia, awaiting sentence in June.

"These dollars were meant to build football fields, not mansions and pools; to buy football kits, not jewellery and cars; and to fund youth player and coach development, not to underwrite lavish lifestyles for football and sports marketing executives," Infantino said.

It is unclear how much influence Infantino, a former lawyer, had had in the restitution claim since he was elected only three weeks ago, with strong support from voters in the Americas.

Infantino's signature pitch to voters on election day was about finances, saying bluntly "It's your money." That resonated with members of CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, who have had a combined $20m central funding frozen by FIFA.

CONCACAF, based in Miami, has had its past three presidents implicated in the U.S. case. But it has passed wide-ranging reforms to clean up its operations, and has targeted restitution money to rebuild.

"CONCACAF views itself as a victim of a number of the offenses described in the indictments and intends to seek restitution at the appropriate time," the regional body said in a statement.

http://www.espnfc.us/blog/fifa/243/post ... ing-bribes


So the corrupt bastards want their dodgy money back? Scrap the whole organisation. Create a new one and be done with it.
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby Dameerto » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:15 pm

If they admit to votes being bought for world cups then how about all the losing bidders putting in a claim to FIFA for the millions it cost them to submit their failed bids? Sue the bent bastards.
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby iwasthere2012 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:21 pm

So it sounds like they admit to bribes for past World Cups i.e. South Africa.
What about the ones that haven't taken place yet.
Surely it's only a matter of time before someone comes forward with evidence about the Qatar and Russian competitions.

What then. It's not just a matter of compensation for the losing bids. The competition itself has to be in doubt.

I agree with WW. Scrap FIFA and start anew.
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby Hutch's Shoulder » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:24 pm

We want our bribes back!
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby dave watson's perm » Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:31 pm

The Kaiser investigated now.................

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35873480
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby Wonderwall » Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:45 pm

dave watson's perm wrote:The Kaiser investigated now.................

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35873480


what a shame Rummenigge isnt on the list too
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby nottsblue » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:38 pm

Wonderwall wrote:
dave watson's perm wrote:The Kaiser investigated now.................

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35873480


what a shame Rummenigge isnt on the list too

Fingers crossed he gets done for this. Anyone in the management structure at Bayern that gets shit thrown at him is deserving IMO
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby JamieMCFC » Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:16 pm

UEFA offices raided by Swiss police over 'Panama Papers' TV contract links

UEFA has confirmed it has been raided by the Swiss Federal Police in relation to the contract between it and Cross Trading/Teleamazonas which was revealed in the "Panama Papers" leaks.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino was pulled into the 'Panama Papers' affair on Tuesday when it was revealed that, in his former role as UEFA director of legal services, the 46-year-old co-signed a TV rights contract in 2006 with two businessmen who have since been caught up in football's corruption scandal.

Infantino said he was "dismayed" and "will not accept" that his integrity is being doubted after documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca included a television rights contract bearing his signature.

UEFA said in a statement: "UEFA can confirm that today we received a visit from the office of the Swiss Federal Police acting under a warrant and requesting sight of the contracts between UEFA and Cross Trading/Teleamazonas.

"Naturally, UEFA is providing the Federal Police with all relevant documents in our possession and will cooperate fully."

The deal was with two figures who have since been accused of bribery as part of the United States investigation into corruption at FIFA. Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, his son, are currently under house arrest in Argentina.

Cross Trading, the Jinkis' Argentinian company which was registered in the South Pacific tax haven of Niue, bought the rights for $111,000 (now £78,780), according to then International Consortium of Investigative Journalists which is analysing 11 million leaked files.

The rights were immediately sold the rights on to Ecuadorian broadcaster Teleamazonas for $311,170 (£220,800).

UEFA had initially denied doing business with any of the 14 individuals indicted by the FBI, but admits now its response was incomplete.

Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini says all his accounts and assets are known by tax authorities after he was named in the leaked documents published by an international coalition of media outlets on Sunday. FIFA has launched an investigation into links between disgraced former vice president Eugenio Figueredo and a member of its own Ethics Committee, Juan Pedro Damiani, as a result of the leaks.

Jorge Messi, the father of Barcelona star Lionel Messi, has denied the family's involvement in tax evasion projects, while the reigning holder of the Ballon d'Or and captain of the Argentina national team has also received the public backing of his club and his country's football federation.

http://www.espnfc.us/blog/uefa/258/post ... ract-links
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby Dameerto » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:21 pm

JamieMCFC wrote:
...UEFA had initially denied doing business with any of the 14 individuals indicted by the FBI, but admits now its response was incomplete...

http://www.espnfc.us/blog/uefa/258/post ... ract-links

Caught in a fucking lie more like - bent bastards.
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby 30yeargloryhunter » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:59 pm

Great
Why couldn't Hart catch that
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby 30yeargloryhunter » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:59 pm

Great save though
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby Dameerto » Sat May 14, 2016 2:57 pm

Just incase anyone thought FIFA had actually changed, they have just voted to give themselves the power to sack their previously fully independent committee members (including auditing, ethics, and finance).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36293324
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby zuricity » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:27 pm

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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby nottsblue » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:28 pm

Is anyone actually surprised by the latest news?

Thought not
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby nottsblue » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:21 pm

One of the architects of the corruption at FIFA, Chuck Blazer, has died from cancer aged 72. One should never wish ill of the dead, but can't imagine many tears will be shed in the football world at his passing
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Re: FIFA scandal grows

Postby Dameerto » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:18 am

One less leach sucking money out of the game.
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