Search intensified for 2018, 2022 World Cup bid
FIFA has confirmed that investigators from its ethics committee are conscious of the newest allegations of funds between former executive committee members.
The Daily Telegraph reported this week that the FBI is investigating funds from an organization owned by Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam to Jack Warner and his family.
Both men left FIFA in disgrace following a 2011 corruption scandal.
A press release from chief investigator Michael Garcia was read out at a news convention in Zurich.
It mentioned: “The ethics committee is aware of the material identified in the article. As with all allegations of misconduct the ethics committee will take whatever actions it feels acceptable.”
FIFA president Sepp Blatter refused to touch upon the latest claims, including: “I am comfortable now that we now have an unbiased committee for ethics and this is now to be dealt with by this committee.”
Blatter might nevertheless make a private visit to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar over the issue of the therapy of migrant workers.
In the meantime, FIFA's secretary normal Jerome Valcke said he hopes for positive information from this year's World Cup hosts Brazil over two stadiums, in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre, which have experienced severe delays.
Valcke will have a gathering with tournament organisers in Rio de Janeiro on Monday and he said: “We're eighty days away from the World Cup and other people in the two areas with the principle issues – Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo – have stated that we should always receive some constructive data. The main considerations ought to disappear, and we should always really feel (we are in a) more comfortable state of affairs by next week.”
He added: “Ticket gross sales and hospitality sales are an excellent success – it's greater than we've got completed previously.”
FIFA additionally revealed it had record revenues of $1.38 billion U.S. dollars (849 million pounds) and a surplus of $seventy two million (forty three million pounds), leaving it with reserves of $1.four billion (850 million pounds).
However Valcke warned: “We nonetheless need to face crucial time and the ultimate price of the World Cup will not be but clear.”
Also, FIFA's top monetary watchdog says he'll hold a close eye on everybody in next yr's presidential election.
Domenico Scala informed The Associated Press a grant just like the $1 million Blatter awarded CONCACAF in Might 2011 may now provoke an ethics investigation.
Scala, who has chaired FIFA's modernized audit panel since 2012, says "that might not work anymore."
The Swiss industrialist cautions against candidates promising money to continental and national our bodies with out FIFA improvement committee approval.
Four years in the past, FIFA gave $one hundred forty four.four million in "extraordinary payments" from World Cup profits. Blatter's opponent, Mohamed bin Hammam, pledged to double annual grants.
Scala says "that won't be attainable" earlier than the May 2015 vote.
Potential candidates embrace Blatter, UEFA pPresident Michel Platini and former FIFA official Jerome Champagne.
Data from The Related Press was used in this report.