Soccer’s governing body asked England officials for evidence backing allegations of corruption made yesterday to U.K. Parliament in the bidding for 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Former England Football Association chairman David Triesman yesterday alleged that four FIFA executive board members sought favors in exchange for their votes for the country to host the 2018 World Cup.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke today sent a letter to the F.A. and the Sunday Times, which supplied allegations of other corruption, asking for evidence, according to a FIFA statement.
Speaking yesterday to a parliamentary committee looking into the bidding process, Triesman alleged Jack Warner, a FIFA vice president from Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil’s Ricardo Teixeira, Paraguay’s Nicolas Leoz and Thailand’s Worawi Makudi engaged in “improper and unethical” behavior before Russia was chosen in December as host of the 2018 tournament.
Warner yesterday didn’t answer his mobile telephone. Calls to the Thai soccer association after hours went unanswered. Brazil’s soccer confederation, known as CBF, didn’t return a voice-mail message seeking comment. Nicolas Leoz, the president of the South American soccer confederation, known as Conmebol, won’t comment, said the association spokesman Nestor Benitez.
The committee also received evidence from the Sunday Times newspaper, which it published on Parliament’s website, that Qatar paid $1.5 million to African soccer head Issa Hayatou of Cameroon and Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast to vote for its winning bid to host the 2022 World Cup, lawmaker Damian Collins said.