FIFA blocking bribe document - BBC report

by AFP on May 23, 2011

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Football's world governing body FIFA is attempting to block the release of a document that reveals the identity of two officials forced to repay bribes, the BBC reports.

The officials repaid the money in a settlement following a Swiss criminal investigation last year, according to allegations to be broadcast by the BBC's current affairs program Panorama on Monday.

The settlement relates to bribes paid to senior FIFA officials in the 1990s by sports marketing company International Sports and Leisure (ISL), Panorama reports.

The program named the men concerned as former FIFA president Joao Havelange, 95, and Ricardo Teixeira, the leader of Brazilian football and a member of FIFA's executive committee.

The program also said it had found evidence FIFA vice-president Jack Warner sold on tickets to the World Cup in Germany 2006 through an intermediary.

But lawyers acting for FIFA are contesting a decision by the Swiss prosecutor in Zug to release details of the agreement.

Former FA chairman Lord Triesman has alleged impropriety by FIFA members, including Warner and Teixeira, claiming in parliament they asked for cash or favours.

None of the men named by the program responded to questions from the BBC.

FIFA also declined to comment about the allegations but in relation to the Swiss prosecutor's settlement have previously said the case is closed.