By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on May 28, 2015.
Two FIFA vice presidents and a recently elected FIFA executive committee member are among seven men detained in Zurich and accused of racketeering, money laundering and fraud in connection with tournament television rights.
For instance, FIFA executive committee member Warner allegedly received $10 million from South Africa for him to vote in favour of the country’s hosting rights for the 2010 World Cup. It’s not just about one person.
Though Blatter’s nebulous role in the organization’s culture of corruption has never been explicitly determined, it’s apparent he’s not using his power in the best interest of the game – or humanity for that matter. “Period”. The arrests took place under a U.S. warrant.
“We have to be entrance and center on ensuring that the reforms that happens in world soccer are executed in a transparent technique nevertheless quicker fashion”. “As with international bribery more generally, the U.S. Department of Justice has said they’ll step up to investigate corruption if others will not”.
CONCACAF moved Thursday to reorganize.
Montagliani is joined on the committee by Justino Compean, president of the Mexican Soccer Federation and Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Among the soccer officials under arrest are Eduardo Li, Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Rafael Esquivel, José Maria Marin and Nicolás Leoz.
Also a FIFA vice-president, Webb was among the nine current and former football officials along with five corporate executives, subsequently named in the 47-count indictment announced by the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), reports CMC.
FIFA reacted by provisionally suspending the 11 football officials among the 18 people indicted.
On Wednesday Trinidad and Tobago Football Association president Raymond Time Kee had expressed some concern about the possible fallout of the scandal for this region, saying: “it will be interesting to see how the Caribbean will be affected and the kind of treatment the Caribbean is given if there are to be changes at the helm (of CONCACAF)”.
Blatter has not spoken publicly since police made the arrests. He either has to go through a resignation, or he has to be out-voted or we have to find a third way. “We have zero tolerance for these types of actions from any of our partners”. “As a president I would never make a statement about another organization without knowing”.
The native of Burnaby, B.C., was a CSA vice-president for three terms, and has been a member of its executive committee since 2005. “Undisclosed and illegal payments, kickbacks, and bribes became a way of doing business at FIFA”.