Blatter Didn’t Consult on $28 Million Donation, FIFA Election Rival Says

FIFA president Sepp Blatter didn’t consult the soccer ruling body’s executive committee on a decision to give 20 million euros ($28.4 million) to Interpol to help fight match-fixing, according to Mohamed Bin Hammam, who is seeking to unseat him.

Bin Hammam, who’s sat on FIFA’s executive committee since 1996, said in a blog on his website that the donation was “just another example of the current regime choosing to run football how it sees fit.” The money is to be paid over 10 years to the Lyon, France-based international police agency, according to a May 9 news release from FIFA.

Qatar’s Bin Hammam is standing against Blatter, who’s seeking a fourth term, in a June 1 election. Brian Alexander, a spokesman for Blatter’s re-election campaign, referred a call about the comment to FIFA’s media office which said in an e-mail that the chairman of its finance committee was consulted. The chairman is Argentina’s Julio Grondona, a FIFA executive member since 1988.

The e-mail said there was a need “for an immediate reaction” after new information about match-fixing emerged. A court in Bochum, Germany, has started hearing a case against six men accused of being part of a criminal network that spanned 20 countries and tried to manipulate 300 matches across Europe dating back to 2009.

About 70 arrests have been made in Turkey and another 29 in Croatia in connection with the case.

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