By Walter Broeckx
This morning the Swiss police has arrested a few people. Once again a few top people from Fifa.
This time it is supposed to be Juan Angle Napout, president of the South-American Football association (what we would call UEFA in Europe) and also Alfredo Hawit from Honduras who is the boss of the Middle American football association CONCACAF (what we would call Uefa in Europe)
The swiss police has arrested them on the suspicion of having taken bribes for millions of Euros. Their names haven’t been officially announced when writing this but a correspondent of the New York Times in Europe has seen the arrests and given the names.
This isn’t really a surprise when you look at it as the Swiss prosecutor Michael Lauber said in September that there was more to come. He then said this investigation will take more than 90 minutes (lovely choice of words) and he then also said that they weren’t even close to the half time whistle.
A quick roundup of all the people that have been arrested or will have to go to court up to now shows that from the 22 people who were mostly responsible for giving the world cup to Russia and Qatar that most of them have since then been under investigation or has been banned even and will go to court in the next months.
Mohamed Bin Hammam: From Qatar, was president of the Azian football association (= like Uefa in Europe) who had bribed people to bring the world cup to his country. He was thrown out at one stage, then TAS cleared him for not enough evidence but later new evidence cam above water and he was banned again.
Chuck Blazer: General secretary of CONCACAF and vice-president of the American Football Association. Chuck Blaze admitted in 2013 that together with other members of the executive committee of Fifa they were bribed to give the WC to South Africa. Blazer is one of the persons who has been telling a lot to the FBI about the inner corruption of Fifa.
Jack Warner: Businessman from Trinidad and Tobago and president of CONCACAF from 1990 till 2011. He was famous for asking millions of dollars to countries for his vote when a world cup had to be given to them. He was arrested for fraude and bribery by the Swiss police. He tells he has been the victim of a set up but he also got a rather dubious payment of 10.000.000 euro on his bank account from Fifa.
Julio Grondana: was the person who approved the payment of 10.000.000 to Jack Warner. But he died before the ethics committee could check him out.
Issa Hayatou: who is current president at interim of Fifa because of the suspension of Blatter. He is president of the African Football Association (CAF) since 1988. The Cameroon person has been surrounded by rumours of corruption since a long time. He also received money in the ISL-affaire. The marketing company that went bankrupt and in which a lot of people from FIFA received dubious payments. Hayatou has also been rumoured to have received a payment of 1.5M $ to vote in favour of Qatar.
Sepp Blatter : do I need to say anything? A dubious payment of 1.8M euro to Platini seems to be the thing they can finally get him for.
Michel Platini: receiving a payment for something he had done some 10 years earlier… yeah we all believe that immediately without any hesitation. That the payment was done around the period that some world cups had to be given away will have been just a coincidence of course.
Franz Beckenbauer: ‘Der Kaiser’ as his nickame goes seems to be wearing no cloths. It seems to be more and more certain that Germany did use some dirty money to hand out to whoever needed and wanted it to get the WC to Germany in 2006. Beckenbauer first denied anything but the investigation seems to dragging him down more and more.
Angel Maria Villar: another president at interim president this time from Uefa in the absence of Platini (see above). He was found guilty by the ethics committee from Fifa for organizing the deal with other members to vote for the WC in Qatar. He was fined but could keep his probably lucrative job….
Other people involved the ‘voting deal’ were Ricardo Teixeira (Brazilian FA) and Nicolas Leoz (former president of the South American football association).
Other members that are said to have received money from Bin Hamman according to the accusations :
Jacques Anouma (president of the Ivorian FA) who denies to have taken the envelop) as did Reynald Temarii (president Tahiti FA) But despite the denial he has been banned for 8 years by Fifa itself. The envelopes contained 1.5M $. Not bad for giving your vote away….
Amos Adamy from the Nigerian FA only wanted 800.000$ for his vote. He is suspended.
But it doesn’t always need to be money. Marios Lefkaritis (Cyprus FA) sold lots of land to Qatar and made a big deal with Gazprom just before the world cups had to be give away. We also have Worawy Makudi (Thailand) who made some big deals with Gazprom and some big land deals with Qatar around the same period. All coincidental with the appointment of the world cup of course. Banned by Fifa for 90 days by the way.
Chung Mong-joon : The south Korean businesman who wanted to bring the world cup to South Korea by paying lots of money to … well to all and everyone I think. Fifa suspended him for 6 years.
There have been 3 other persons who have been investigated by Fifa itself but who were not punished. Michel D’Hooghe from Belgium who received a painting from the Russian FA. That was seen as a normal gift… Vitaly Mutko from Russia has not yet been accused of anything but he is the Russian minister of Sports and involved in the doping case in the Russian athletics world. Only a mild form of over declaring costs when staying in a hotel. So reasonably a small fish amongst others. And then we have Sens Erzik from Turkey who apart from brushing under the carpet some match fixing in Turkey has not been punished for anything.
There are 3 persons who have not been named in any scandal yet. Geoff Thompson (English FA), Junji Ogura (Japan FA) and Rafal Salguero (Guatamala FA). They seem to be the only honourable man who have been at Fifa.
This all based on what I could find on the internet and in newspapers in Belgium. So the list may not be completely up to date and I might even have missed a few things.
But what is clear when looking at this staggering long list is that it seems that at FIFA bribery was business as usual on a day to day basis. I think that not one of those people involved should ever be allowed to do anything in football any more.
The only way forward is to dismantle FIFA completely and best is to never ever start anything like that again. And with Fifa, they can take Uefa down with them. A fish rots from the head down as the expression goes. So let us clear up the mess completely and take away the heads of all the fishes involved.
Fick FUFA and EUFA! I said it from 2010 and since then it has gone from bad to worse.