FIFA said Greg Dyke, chairman of England’s Football Association, has returned a watch from the organizers of last year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Members of global soccer’s executive board improperly accepted the gifts valued at 25,000 Swiss francs ($26,000) FIFA’s Investigatory Chamber said in September. It had requested they be returned by Oct. 24.
After Dyke returned the watch, “the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee has decided to close the proceedings in respect of a possible breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” the organization said in an e-mailed statement today.
Dyke had wanted to auction the watch for a U.K. charity, Sky Sports reported. Instead, he will now make a personal donation to Breast Cancer Care. FIFA planned to donate the watches to an independent non-profit group committed to corporate social responsibility projects in Brazil.
The Brazilian Soccer Federation distributed 65 gift bags containing a Parmigiani Fleurier SA watch to the 28 members of FIFA’s executive board, a representative of each of the 32 competing nations and someone from each of member country of the regional governing body.