#AceBreakingNews – #FIFA June.12: Interpol has announced it is suspending a €20-million agreement with FIFA in the wake of the massive ongoing investigation into corruption at world football’s governing body.
Interpol and FIFA struck a deal in May 2011, according to which FIFA pledged to contribute €20 million over 10 years to Interpol’s Integrity in Sport programme.This focused on“a global training, education and prevention initiative with a focus on match-fixing as well as irregular and illegal betting,”according to an Interpol statement.
“In light of the current context surrounding FIFA, while INTERPOL is still committed to developing our Integrity in Sport programme, I have decided to suspend the agreement,” said Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
The world police body added it will “freeze the use of financial contributions from FIFA.”
“All external partners, whether public or private, must share the fundamental values and principles of the organization, as well as those of the wider law enforcement community,” added Stock.
#AceNewsReport – #BreakingUpdate:#FIFA on Thursday refuted media reports that the world football organization considered stripping Russia of the right to host the 2018 World Cup over the Ukraine crisis, a source in the #FIFA press service said.
The Spanish sports daily As, on Wednesday, reported that FIFA had asked Qatar to speed up its preparations for the 2022 World Cup, so that the country could be ready to host the competition in 2018 instead of Russia, should the situation in Ukraine worsen. It was not specified when the offer was made.
“This information is absolutely wrong,” the source told R-Sport on Thursday.
The West has imposed restrictive measures against Russia as it accuses Moscow of fueling the internal conflict in Ukraine. The Kremlin denies the allegations.
The news comes amid the FIFA corruption scandal. In late May, several high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested on a US federal corruption warrant. Swiss authorities launched a separate probe into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. @AceNewsServices
#AceNewsReport – Post Update:GENEVA:June.10: One of the seven #FIFA officials arrested in May on US corruption charges in Zurich appealed to the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland against the warrant on his extradition issued by the country’s Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), the Office said Wednesday.
“The Federal Criminal Court will rule on whether or not he will have to remain in custody for the entire length of the extradition proceeding,” FOJ said in a statement published on its official website.
Both the official and the Federal Office of Justice may appeal the decision of the Federal Criminal Court in the Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne, the statement added.
The name of the person who lodged the appeal has not been disclosed.
#AceBreakingNews – June.10: #FIFA has suspended the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup. The football organization is weathering the storm of a widening corruption scandal that touches on previous selections of host countries.
Bidding process for 2026 World Cup postponed in light of current allegations – #Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke http://t.co/JHCYwEd5yK
“Due to the situation, I think it’s nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being. It will be postponed,” FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told a news conference in the southern Russian city of Samara.
Australia secured only one vote despite ploughing Aus$43 million (US$32 million) into its pitch. It was competing against the United States, Japan, South Korea and Qatar, which was controversially awarded the tournament.
#AceBreakingNews – Featured Report:#FIFA:June.07: A BBC investigation has seen evidence that details what happened to the $10m sent from Fifa to accounts controlled by former vice-president Jack Warner.
BBC investigation sees evidence that shows how $10m of Fifa's money was spent by former vice-president Jack Warner http://t.co/uAVwH7ReK5
The money, sent on behalf of South Africa, was meant to be used for its Caribbean diaspora legacy programme.
But documents suggest Mr Warner used the payment for cash withdrawals, personal loans and to launder money.
The 72-year-old, who has been indicted by the FBI for corruption, denies all claims of wrongdoing.
The papers seen by the BBC detail three wire transfers by Fifa.
In the three transactions – on 4 January, 1 February and 10 March 2008 – funds totalling $10m (£6.5m) from Fifa accounts were received into Concacaf accounts controlled by Jack Warner.
At the time, he was in charge of the body, which governs football in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The money had been promised by South Africa’s Football Association for its so-called diaspora legacy programme to develop football in the Caribbean.
The documents detail exactly how and when the money was transferred
The documents reveal how the money was spent and moved around.
JTA Supermarkets, a large chain in Trinidad, received $4,860,000 from the accounts.
The money was paid in instalments from January 2008 to March 2009. The largest payment was $1,350,000 paid in February 2008.
US prosecutors say the money was mostly paid back to Mr Warner in local currency.
Jack Warner: The US charge sheet
Jack Warner has promised to reveal more details about what went on at Fifa
Accused of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering, bribery
From the early 1990s, he allegedly “began to leverage his influence and exploit his official positions for personal gain”
Allegedly accepted a $10m bribe from South African officials in return for voting to award them the 2010 World Cup
Allegedly bribed officials with envelopes each containing $40,000 in cash; when one demurred, he allegedly said: “There are some people here who think they are more pious than thou. If you’re pious, open a church, friends. Our business is our business”
The BBC gave details of its investigation to Brent Sancho, Trinidad and Tobago’s sports minister and a former footballer.
He said: “He [Mr Warner] must face justice, he must answer all of these questions. Justice has to be served.
“He will have to account, with this investigation, he will have to answer for his actions.”
The documents also show $360,000 of the Fifa money was withdrawn by people connected to Mr Warner.
Huge sums of money were used to pay off credit cards and personal loans
A Trinidad supermarket received almost $5m
Nearly $1.6m was used to pay the former Fifa vice-president’s credit cards and personal loans.
The documents show the largest personal loan Mr Warner provided for himself was $410,000.
The largest credit card payment was $87,000.
Mr Sancho says he is now angry and disappointed.
“I’m devastated because a lot of that money should have been back in football, back in the development of children playing the sport.
“It is a travesty. Mr Warner should answer the questions,” he added.
‘The gloves are off’
Jack Warner is one of 14 people charged by US prosecutors over alleged corruption at Fifa.
The US Justice department alleges the 14 accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period.
Mr Warner denies all charges of corruption.
The Fifa executives indicted include – Rafael Esquivel, Nicolas Leoz, Jeffrey Webb, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li, Eugenio Figueredo and Jose Maria Marin
He resigned from Fifa’s executive committee and all other football commitments in 2011 amid allegations he had bribed his Caribbean associates.
He later stepped down as Trinidad and Tobago’s security minister amid a fraud inquiry.
A key figure in the deepening scandal, in a recent statement he said he had given lawyers documents outlining the links between Fifa, its funding, himself and the 2010 election in Trinidad and Tobago. He said the transactions also included Mr Blatter.
“I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country,” he said in an address on Trinidadian TV last week entitled “The gloves are off”.
Speaking to his supporters at a rally later the same day, he promised an “avalanche” of revelations to come.
Mr Warner, who faces extradition to the US, was released on bail after handing himself in to police in the Trinidad and Tobago capital Port of Spain last week.
The announcement of the FBI charges in late May has driven Fifa into its greatest crisis; last week its president, Sepp Blatter announced he was stepping down, only days after being re-elected to a fifth term.