For the first time FIFA has admitted that bribes were paid to win voting rights for 1998 and 2010 World Cups. FIFA has already started its legal battle. It aims to recover millions of dollars lost due to corruption.
The world football governing body has put in an official Request for Restitution to the US Attorney’s office in New York to reclaim over $28million. The organization is cashing on the return of the salaries, expenses and bonuses from the 41 corrupt FIFA members and other football officials. The legal fees in cleaning up the organization will also be charged from them.
Some of the accused named in the documents include Jack Warner, Chuck Blazer, Jeffrey Webb and his sons Daryan and Daryll. The organiz ation has also admitted in the Request Papers for the first time that South Africa’s $10m payment to Warner and Blazer was a bribe for World Cup votes in 2010.
Daily Mail reports FIFA president Gianni Infantino saying, “The convicted defendants abused the positions of trust they held at FIFA and other international football organisations and caused serious and lasting damage to FIFA, its member associations and the football community.”
“The monies they pocketed belong to global football and were meant for the development and promotion of the game. FIFA as the world governing body of football wants that money back and we are determined to get it no matter how long it takes.”
The 22-page request also states: “Over many years the Defendants grossly abused positions of trust to enrich themselves while causing significant harm to FIFA including huge financial loses. The damage done by the defendants greed cannot be overstated. Their actions have deeply tarnished the FIFA brand.They did violence to FIFA’s principles.”
“They looked to ways to line their own pockets and siphon off opportunities. They sold the power of their positions taking bribes and kickbacks in return for selling valuable marketing rights.”
“In the most damning admission yet about the scale of FIFA’s corruption culture , the report said: ‘It is now apparent that multiple members of FIFA ExCo abused their positions and sold their votes on multiple occasions.”
Infantino further added that “when FIFA recovers this money, it will be directed back to its original purpose: for the benefit and development of international football.”